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Posted: Jul 10 2010, 03:40 PM
Virtue alone is invincible. Countess of Bath
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Joined: 24-May 10
Isabel de Chandée
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- - - - Title, Countess of Bath
- - - - Gender, Female
- - - - Sexuality, Heterosexual
- - - - Age, 23
- - - - Place at Court, Former Lady-In Waiting to Queen Francesca and Princess Margaret, wife of the Earl of Bath who's with the French delegation
- - - - PB (Play-By), Kiia Waden
- - - - Loves,
Now that she is married, Isabel dreams of giving her husband sons and helping him to do as he please -- whether it's to rise at court or in some other endeavor.
- - - - Fears,
Not being able to have children, only producing daughters, Philibert dying and sending her back into the clutches of the Duke of Norfolk.
- - - - Overall Personality,
Isabel is an oddity in the Tudor court. Amid those who take lovers or are willing to use their love to climb to a place of high social standing, Isabel remained pure and chaste until she married. She has always been more concerned over the salvation of her immortal soul than the pleasures of the temporal world. If she had ever had the opportunity, she would have made a good nun.
Even so, she does what she can to enjoy the attractions at court. She enjoys dancing and the frivolous activities that occur, and she does like to joke and laugh. She is fiercely loyal to family and friends will defend their honor at every turn. This goes double for her husband. Isabel believes in taking care of her friends and her loved ones, especially her younger siblings.
Since Isabel is so concerned with being proper and behaving as she should, she often comes off as socially awkward. She understands that this can make her off-putting, but sometimes she can salvage and conversation and turn it into a joke. She does not understand how some women can act outrageously inappropriate and still garner friends and lovers, while she does her best to do the right thing at the right time and only ends up shooting herself in her foot, so to speak.
As to her husband, she cares for Philibert de Chandée deeply. After so many years of wanting a husband to marry and finally receiving one, she will be nothing but faithful to him with every fiber of her being. She does not care that he is much older than her, nor that he is French. One might say that she is falling in love with the man and his quirks as each day progresses, something that is a great happiness to Isabel.
Isabel doesn't enjoy playing cards or taking part in flirtation. She finds gambling to be a bit scandalous and, obviously, doesn't know how to flirt. She;s more likely to be early to bed for mass the next morning, though she does enjoy dancing when the opportunity calls for it. The Earl of Wilmington began teaching her French in the summer of 1512. This education has been continued per her husband, and she engages in it most happily. She feels as though everything she and Philibert say to each other in French is their own little secret, unknown to the rest of the world. She enjoys outdoor activities like horseback riding, and though she has never been hunting, she would like to learn how.
Philibert de Chandée, Earl of Bath -- Husband
Ralph Leigh – Father, Deceased
Jocasta “Joyce” Howard (nee Culpeper) – Mother
Lord Edmund Howard – Step-father
Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk – Step-Uncle
Sir Ralph Leigh II – Eldest Brother
Sir John Leigh – Older Brother
Margaret Leigh – Elder Sister, Died in Infancy
Joyce Leigh – Eldest Younger Sister, Died in 1512 from the Sweat
Margaret Howard – Younger Half-sister
Mary Howard – Younger Half-sister
George Howard – Eldest Younger Half-brother
Sir Henry Howard – Younger Half-brother
Sir Charles Howard – Youngest Half-Brother
Catherine Howard -- Youngest Half-Sister
John de Vere, Viscount Linley -- Step-cousin
- - - - Overall History,
Isabel Leigh was the fourth child and first surviving daughter of Joyce and Ralph Leigh in Kent. Two brothers and a sister had preceded her, though her older sister had died shortly after being born. The year after she was born, her little sister Joyce entered the world and shortly after, her father Ralph passed away. Her mother remarried to Lord Edmund Howard and in the consecutive years after their marriage she bore him six children.
Growing up in a house full of children and being the eldest girl, Isabel found herself being called upon to help with the task of raising her younger brothers and sisters. Contrary to some who would grow to hate children this way, Isabel's affection for children grew, and she was excited that one day she would have the pleasure of raising her own family. She was also taught how to read so that she may teach it to her younger brothers and sisters. Some of them took to it, while others did not find reading pleasurable. Isabel, on the other hand, enjoyed reading immensely and spent many nights reading by pieces of moonlight that worked their way in through her bed chamber’s windows. For any holiday or birthday, she would beg for books as her presents instead of new clothing or pretty things.
As she grew older, there was talk of her being married so Edward Baynton, but none of it ever came to fruition and instead she was sent to a noblewoman named Countess de Lisle closer to Canterbury to act as her lady-in-waiting at the age of sixteen. She was picked for her skill at reading, for the Countess’ eyesight was failing her and she was addicted to the written word. Isabel would spend countless days reading aloud to Countess de Lisle, and this deepened her own appetite for reading and books. Countess de Lisle had also become exceedingly devout in her advanced age, and she took Isabel with her to matins and mass every day. Before joining the Countess, Isabel had given little thought to the state of her immortal soul but hadn't done any extraordinary damage to it. With the Countess' influence, Isabel became devout and moral, putting God first in her heart and thoughts.
Over five years after beginning her service to Countess de Lisle, the Countess passed away of old age and her household was disbanded. Isabel was uncertain whether or not she would be sent back to Kent as she had no marriage prospects and was in her twenty-second year, but a place was secured for her at court by some form of miracle. She learned that she would serve as Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Margaret and she joined Her Highness' household in Spring 1511. By Fall 1511, she was called on to serve the new Queen, Francesca de' Medici.
The months passed quickly, with Isabel serving faithfully to the Queen, and members of her family returning to court and reuniting with the eldest sister. Isabel soon learned that the Duke of Norfolk had plotted to put Catherine into the King's bed. Filled with concern for her little sister, Isabel vowed to speak with the Duke about it. Predictably, the talk with the Duke was filled with anger and fear, but Isabel was able to convey what she needed to without breaking into tears. Norfolk shattered an inkpot and commanded her to leave, which she did. Isabel no longer implicitly trusted her step-uncle, and while she was sure she didn't do herself any favors angering the most ancient peer in the realm, Isabel grew strength and confidence that she was capable of at least protecting her family, if nothing else.
In the summer of 1512 during the celebrations of victory over France and Scotland, Isabel became acquainted with Daniel Lauderson, a Scottish painter, and his cousin Allan, who was heir to a Scottish barony. She found Alan talkative and Daniel a quiet and brooding artist, but enjoyed their company. Tragedy came with the Sweat, however, and the disease took Alan as well as Isabel dear little sister Joyce, whom she was with when the Lord took her away. Joyce's death shook Isabel's faith immensely -- she prayed so very hard to God to spare Joyce, reasoning that He owed her for the hours of prayer she had given to him, as well as her unwavering faith and devotion. With the death of Joyce, Queen Francesca, Alan, and so many others, Isabel found herself angry with God and resentful in so many ways.
When she returned to court, Daniel, carrying out Alan's last wishes, asked her to marry him. She agreed, on the condition that he ask the Duke of Norfolk first. The Duke of Norfolk declined, stating that he was nothing but a Scottish painter and not even good enough to marry a stepchild of the Howard family. Isabel now despairs, thinking that God has forsaken her, or is angry with her. With her faith shattered and no rightful place at court, Isabel didn't know what to do with herself.
And then along came Philibert de Chandée. He had traveled to England with Francois de Valois and the Duc of Nemours for the negotiations of the marriage between the future French King and Princess Mary. Intending to marry Elizabeth Spencer, with whom he was previously acquainted, such a notion escaped his head when he saw Isabel. He despised the Duke of Norfolk, but spoke with him about the marriage, which Norfolk approved of after negotiating a wealthy dower for Isabel, should her husband who was more than twice her age pass before she could bare him a son. Philibert and Isabel were married in mid-January 1513, making Isabel Countess of Bath and making her believe that everything was becoming bright and wonderful again after a very long and dark night.
UP IN HEYAH, UP IN HEYAH
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