Isabella from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure Isabella is the very virtuous and religious main character in William Shakespeare's play, Measure for Measure. This chaste young woman is about to enter a nunnery when she learns her brother, Claudio, is sentenced to death for unlawfully impregnating a woman before they were married. As a very spiritual person, Isabella does not condone the actions of her brother, yet she faces a dilemma. Devoted to her brother, she pleads for mercy, only to be asked for her chastity in exchange for her brother's life! Plans are devised and carried out, and all ends well in Measure for Measure. Yet Isabella never compromises her honor. It's no wonder Shakespeare gave his main character such a virtuous name!
Isabella Swan from the Twilight series Isabella Swan is the main character in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight book series, although she is called "Bella" throughout the novels. She is an average girl who moves from Arizona to a remote part of Washington state to live with her father. There, she befriends, is intrigued by, and eventually falls in love with a vampire named Edward Cullen. Strong, independent, sassy and willful, it seems everyone falls under the spell of this girl, including the warewolf/friend Jacob Black. But Bella's heart remains with Edward, and this devotion propels her to join the coven of vampires herself.
Isabella Thorpe (Northanger Abbey) Isabella Thorpe is a character in Jane Austen’s novel, Northanger Abbey, written about 1798/99. She is a pretty and vivacious eighteenth century version of a gold-digger – all manipulative artifice – and very attractive at it, indeed. We cannot help but like her, as she wends her way through the minefields of her society, trying to find a suitable husband, but without the advantages of money and high family connections. She befriends the rather insipid Catherine Morland and soon attaches herself to Catherine’s brother, James. Before long, she has a marriage proposal from him, but she has aimed her arrow at the wrong target – he is not a wealthy man, as she soon finds out. Not to worry – she merely turns her attentions to Frederick Tilney – who does have the dollars. Poor Isabella, she has met her match. Captain Tilney is more than responsive to her flirtations, indeed he improves upon them and seduces her, as he has done so many times before with so many other women. Ultimately, he leaves her, taking the shreds of her reputation with him, and leaving her with little hope for a suitable marriage in the future (James having reneged on the engagement due to her shocking behavior). Catherine, of course, fares quite well. Our sympathies are with Isabella – yes, we know we’re applying 21st century sensitivities to the situation, but we can’t help but like this high-spirited, hilarious little vamp, who livens up the proceedings considerably. (Check out the Masterpiece Theater’s production for a perfect Isabella Thorpe in Carey Mulligan.)
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella - by Joan Baez
Isabella's Eyes - a song by Kenny Loggins
San Isabella - a song by The Great Divide
Following Isabella (Linda Talley) - Isabella is a sheep, and as everyone knows, sheep are followers. They are perfectly content to trail along behind whoever happens to be a few steps ahead. One day Isabella begins to wonder if there isn't a better way. "Must we always be wandering about willy-nilly, nobody knowing where we are going?" But, as Isabella learns, recognizing the need for a leader and accepting the responsibility of being one are two different things. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Isabella Abnormella and the Very,Very Finicky Queen of Trouble (DK Publishing) - What to do? The Queen of Trouble (that charming town between Good-Grief! and Who's-to-Blame?) can't seem to catch a single wink, despite countless hours in her Twinkle Room equipped with plush pillows and sheets of silk and velveteen. The verse of J. Patrick Lewis (“Riddle-icious”) proves as polished as ever, but it's Kyrsten Brooker's lively collage work that steals the show. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Isabella Plays With the Bees (D.G. Flamand) - Isabella is so delightful that she'll have children wanting to try flapping their arms very, very fast to fly along with her. It encompasses adventure and exploring to bring about excitement in learning new things! Recommended for ages 4-8.
Isabella's Shoes (Jennifer Robinson) - Isabella's Shoes is the story of a 4-year-old girl who just loves shoes. She shares her daily adventures through this love. Isabella also enjoys colors and her shoes come in every shade of the rainbow. Children will be able to learn all about colors and the different functions and purposes of shoes through Isabella's experiences. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Isabella's Toybox (Emma Thomson) - Isabella’s toys have been hidden away for years until she discovers the lost key to the toy box. This is the start of the toys new adventures and the discovery of lots of special secrets. With beautiful watercolor artwork, adorable characters, special flaps that reveal the toys secrets, and a lovely padded cover, this is a picture book to be treasured. Recommended for ages 3-7.
My Name is Not Isabella (Jennifer Fosberry) - From breakfast to bedtime, a young girl imagines being different women who made history, and ends the day empowered to be herself. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Isabella - Isabella Rossellini (Italian Actress)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Isabella - Albert Pujols (baseball player); Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer); Geraldo Rivera (journalist); Ingrid Bergman (actress); Kirk Cameron (actor); Lorenzo Lamas (actor); Lori Loughlin (actress); Lou Diamond Phillips (actor); Nicole Kidman (actress); Tom Cruise (actor)
Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) - One of the darlings of the Italian Renaissance, Isabella d'Este was one remarkable lady. Above all, she was highly intelligent and very well-educated for her times. She loved books and devoured the classics in Latin and Greek. She was also a major patron of the arts during the times of Raphael, Michelangelo and da Vinci. Eventually she married the Marquis of Mantua and bore him eight children. During the time her husband was taken prisoner, she took command of Mantua and adroitly fended off invasions. Her success humiliated her husband who lamented his shame at having as a wife "a woman who is always ruled by her head." Ironically, she is most remembered for her style and fashion, but this feisty woman contributed a whole lot more!
Isabella of Angoulême (c. 1188-1246) - Isabella was born into the world of nobility as the daughter of the Count of Angoulême (a region in the medieval kingdom of Aquitaine in southwest France). She had originally been betrothed to some other important French count until King John of England came a’callin’. Isabella was sent to England to marry King John at the tender age of 12, much to the chagrin of the King of France (Philip II). Isabella of Angoulême was actually King John’s second wife, his first being Isabel of Gloucester (which was annulled on the grounds of consanguinity which means, as second cousins, they were too close ancestrally to be married. The Pope only agreed to the union provided the couple never engage in sexual relations). Um, ok, so we understand that annulment. Well, John, who was now King, hit the jackpot when he snagged Isabella of Angoulême out of France. She was already well-known for her great beauty and John was apparently whipped. Isabella was also quite fertile and produced five children in all with King John (her first son would later become King Henry III of England). Her reign as queen consort was a turbulent one; under King John, England lost its duchy of Normandy and there were on-going squabbles with the English nobles, the French and the Pope. In the end, John was forced to sign the Magna Carta limiting the powers of the monarchy. He died shortly thereafter of dysentery in 1216. Queen consort Isabella, then about 28 years old, first secured the throne for her nine-year-old son Henry, established his regency, and then returned to France to tend to her own inheritance. She remarried a French count and produced another nine children, remaining in France. Her position as Countess in France wasn’t as high-flying as Queen dowager of England which bothered the vain Isabella (especially after being publically snubbed by the Queen dowager of France, mother to the then King Louis IX’s mother). Deeply insulted, Isabella embarked upon revenge, going as far as amassing other disgruntled French nobles and attempting to take out Louis IX. This plan was ultimately botched, and Isabella escaped to England where she was hidden in an Abbey until her death. Disgraced, her nine children in France jumped the channel to England where they mingled with their other half-siblings in the court of Henry III.
Isabella of France (1295-1358) - Isabella of France was the daughter of Philip IV, King of France. She was considered beautiful and intelligent with a great degree of charm and diplomacy. Isabella was married off to Edward II, King of England and became his queen consort in the early 14th century. Her life was turbulent in England where she spent many years jockeying for political power and support. She eventually had her husband murdered, and ruled as regent until her son, Edward III, asserted his own power. She lived out the rest of her life in wealth and style. However, she is always remembered as a "femme fatale" as she manipulated her husband throughout his reign.