The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers

Book - 2011
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and "queen of royal fiction" ( USA TODAY ) Philippa Gregory brings to life the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman of passion and of legend who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses to bring her family unimaginable power.

When the young and beautiful Jacquetta is married to the older Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the duke's squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the duke's death leaves her a wealthy young widow. The two become lovers and marry in secret, returning to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI, where Jacquetta becomes a close and loyal friend to his new queen.

The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta has visions of the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of their royal York rivals. Jacquetta fights for her king and queen, as she sees an extraordinary and unexpected future for her daughter Elizabeth: a change of fortune, the white rose of York, and the throne of England...
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2011
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416563709
Branch Call Number: GRE
Characteristics: 443 p. :,maps, geneal. tables ;,25 cm


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Jan 12, 2018

Ok, so this book is the historical-fiction equivalent of cold pizza.
Not very nutritious, but you just can't stop gobbling it down!

SaraLovesBooks Sep 11, 2016

Of all of Philippa Gregory's books, this one is by far and away my favorite. I enjoyed Jacquetta's voice, and the way she handles the struggles in her life. As a fantasy fan, I also enjoyed the hints of mysticism in the story, though I can see how that would not be to all tastes.

Jul 08, 2015

I read The White Queen, also authored by Philippa Gregory, and fell in love with that book. After, I realized this book existed; I immediately put it on my to-read list! After reading it, all I can say is that while some parts are indeed historically inaccurate, it does give a great story. I love any book that has strong women and relationships and this fits the bill. However, for some who don't know the background of actual British royal history, it may be a bit hard to follow or uninteresting. I truly recommend this to anyone who loves medieval English history, romance, strong female characters, witchcraft or folklore.

Apr 11, 2015

This might be my favorite of Philippa Gregory's books that I have read, by virtue of being about a lesser-known historical figure: Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville. Like all of Gregory's novels, it was a bit repetitive at times, with constant comings and goings and battles and reunions after battles, but Jacquetta was a really interesting woman, and I thought the incorporation of witchcraft/magic (in a way that felt very true to what attitudes and beliefs at this time were like) was well handled. Solid historical fiction.

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Jul 15, 2014

I usually like Gregory's style but I could not finish this one. Very slow and disappointing. Does not live up to the White Queen or her others.

Mar 19, 2014

I have been reading these books for a while now. I enjoy them because they are usually about someone who is not well known. They are easy to read and the stories are fairly easy to follow.

One thing that would make this book (and others in this series) better would be more extended genealogies in the front. The trees she puts in the books are just not complete enough for me. O found the one in this book particularly frustrating. It was hard to see how Joquetta's family actually related to the other family tree she put in the book. I find the trees in all the books in this series tend to be way too short and not detailed enough for me to see where people fit into the bigger picture of the history. I finally just used another reference book I have and penciled in more folks onto the trees in the Gregory books so it's easier to use while I am reading the book.

patty_at_thelibrary Jan 29, 2014

Not one of the better books I have read this winter. A bit difficult to get through, but passable.

Dec 10, 2013

I'm loving the prequel series to the author's Tudor series. Highly recommended.

emerald2pac Nov 30, 2013

Excellent and very enjoyable read. I very much so enjoyed the story of Jacquetta and all her backstory. This book had it all. I do agree lots of the same first names are quite confusing especially once the series goes on. You need to try to keep track and pay attention plenty or you can get lost. Besides the confusion of names though very hard to put down.

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Dec 29, 2011

The story takes plavce mainly in England, in the mid 1400's. She is married to the Duke of Bedford, who only wants to use her power of foresight. She comes into contact and gets to know the maid of Orleans, Joan, or Jeanne. Upon the duke of Bedford's death, she marries a man of her household, and later comes to court to serve the foreign Queen in troubled times.


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