A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century Characters

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Enguerrand

Born in France, Enguerrand VII is an honorable man with vast holdings who is often away from home, fighting in a war or handling the business of the King. Enguerrand is among those used as hostages to guarantee the payment of a ransom for the King of France, King Jean. By the terms of that agreement, Enguerrand lives in England for a period of time while the money to pay the ransom is gathered. It is during this stay in England that Enguerrand meets Isabella, the grown daughter of the King of England. Isabella is previously slated to marry but is either refused or herself refuses the unions. So she is single and living independently when Enguerrand becomes a part of the English court. There is no indication of Enguerrand's role in the courtship—if any—but the two marry before Enguerrand's term as hostage is...

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