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Passion. Danger. Witchcraft . . .

The Lady of the Rivers is #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory’s remarkable story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses.

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected 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.

Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and 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 can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. Not even their courage and loyalty can keep the House of Lancaster on the throne. Henry the king slides into a mysterious sleep; Margaret the queen turns to untrustworthy favorites for help; and Richard, Duke of York, threatens to overturn the whole kingdom for his rival dynasty.

Jacquetta fights for her king, her queen, and for her daughter Elizabeth for whom Jacquetta can sense an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.

A sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend and drawing on years of research, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother of the white queen.

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The Lady of the Rivers
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Compeling read
February 5th, 2014
This book was an enthralling tale of a powerful woman during a time when being one was viewed with suspicion and fear. It is also a beautiful love story.
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The Lady of Rivers
January 29th, 2014
This book was intriguing...I am amazed at how Philippa is able to weave the fiction into nonfiction.
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The ladu of the rivers
January 1st, 2014
Excellent book, can not wait to read the White Queen.
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August 16th, 2013
Heading on over to read her next
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Ah Jaquetta!!
March 4th, 2013
Third book in the Cousins' War series. A must read !
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Loved It!
February 23rd, 2013
A wonderful Phillippa Gregory book that will have you non stop reading the book. It also sends you right to Google to look up the Wonderfully Vibrant and well written people in this story.
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