This is a prequel to "The White Queen," (Elizabeth Woodville), and follows the story of her mother, Jaquetta, duchess of Bedford. Jaquetta's family is descended from Melusina, a water goddess, and the women in her family have inherited the ability to "scry," or foresee the future--a talent that Jaquetta possesses. This little bit of fantasy is woven into the historical story, and in fact, Jaquetta was accused of witchcraft by King Richard III, although he never pursued the charges and it happens after this story comes to a close. Gregory takes us through the court intrigue and politics of the time, which led to the War of Roses and eventually to the Tudor Dynasty, with consummate skill. Once of the things I love about Gregory's work is that she is an "herstorical" writer; she relates history from the point of view of the people who had the least power over their circumstances--women--and shows how women have turned the tide of history again and again. A very enjoyable read.
I cannot stand how anti-Tudor anti-Anne PG is. At times it feels like she single-handedly wants to bring back the Cousins' War- and this makes for excellent fiction.
The narrator is amazing! The story really comes alive. I very much enjoy all her books and this is one of my favorites. The choices this women had to make and the life she had to live with in the confines of a social system where women with power had to know how to use it and not end up missing their heads. The series is wonderful and I highly recommend it.
I love all things Bianca Amato. Wish she would have narrated entire series. I realize each novel is the viewpoint of a different queen, but Bianca could have pulled it off.
This such a great love story with surprising events along the way. Life lessons can be learned here. Love this book I have listen more than three times already.
I like historical fiction and when the author makes you feel like you know the characters. Was an interesting take on life at court.