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The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory weaves witchcraft, passion, and adventure into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses. Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta has always had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she meets his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and recognizes her own power in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the "wheel of fortune" before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Married to the Duke of Bedford, English Regent of France, Jacquetta is introduced by him 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.A sweeping, powerful story based on history and rich in passion and legend, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother to the White Queen. Philippa Gregory is writing at the height of her talent.



  • In my opinion, this book was a bit dull and I was relieved when I finally completed it. The plot seemed to loop back on itself numerous times, making it feel repetitive. While the narrator had a pleasant voice, it lacked diversity, which may have been attributed to the material itself. If you're struggling to fall asleep, her soothing voice could be a good choice. However, overall, I would not suggest this book.
  • I've pretty much devoured all of Philippa Gregory's works. With "The Lady of the Rivers," she once again delves into the captivating life of Jacquetta, a historical figure, covering the significant aspects from her young and inexperienced days to her wise and mature years. Jacquetta's fascinating journey includes forays into alchemy and herbalism, which left me inspired to approach my gardening with a fresh perspective this year.