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The Lady of the Rivers Audiobook

The Lady of the Rivers

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Publisher's Summary

Passion. Danger. Witchcraft....

The Lady of the Rivers is number-one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon and Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

“Sexy… scandalous… smart.” (Redbook)

“Gregory is a consummate historical author.” (Historical Novels Review)

“Confident, colorful, convincing, and full of conflict, betrayal, and political maneuvering.” (Publishers Weekly)

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    Erika S. Atlanta GA 09-11-16
    Erika S. Atlanta GA 09-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "struggled to finish"

    This is my first book in the series&I felt like nothing has happened after 12hrs...

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    Mary Brick Staten Island, NY USA 09-08-16
    Mary Brick Staten Island, NY USA 09-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love English historical novels."

    I loved the strength of the women in this book. will there be a sequel?

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    Janet 09-07-16
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    "Masterpiece well told story"

    Love the flow and the timeliness of the story. It has,everything I like history, live romance, mystery, tyranny, war and peace. A wheel of fortune ride!

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    Emily 08-10-16
    Emily 08-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Bianca"

    Lady of the rivers is a great, amazing authoress, Bianca is an splendid audio performer. I definitely recommend if you like historical fiction.

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    Amazon Customer 07-03-16
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    "Captivating"

    This has been such a wonderful audible book, the narration put you in the moment. I'm sad it's over! Recommend to everyone. Great escape excellent book. Thank you!!

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    Jill Benson 06-05-16
    Jill Benson 06-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a good listen"

    another entertaining story that transports the listener to the realm. I found the downplaying of the main character's reputation as a witch interesting.

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    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 04-17-16
    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 04-17-16
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    "DEPRESSING"

    What a long sad tale of insane leaders and why did the lady keep enabling such a stupid deranged queen? Ugh!

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    Meg E Dobson United States 04-09-16
    Meg E Dobson United States 04-09-16 Member Since 2014

    Avatar by The Domestic Goddess at allavatars

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    "Not All Historical Figures are Equal"

    I enjoy this author, but I'm not a Gregory junkie. i buy her work based on simple things. This book intrigued me because I didn't know Lady Rivers (Duchess) story and I like the less known stories of people around the famous ones.

    Plus, she tells a good tale and doesn't get bogged down in the history. After reading (listening) what I found fun to do was to read the reviews. So many people seem to rate this tale based on how the author treated the raters favorite women in history.

    ***SPOILER ALERT***
    If you are a Margaret fan, you'll probably not enjoy this read. And the last quarter of the book dragged because of the repeatitiveness, i.e. off to battle, think loved ones will die, but surprisingly they don't.

    But it was nice to see a loving couple do well. And Lady Rivers had 12 children! Oh my!

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 04-05-16
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 04-05-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Mixed feelings"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think some may like it. It was tooooooo long! There was not enough happening to warrant the length. I love historical books and this time period, however this was grueling to get through.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The historical part, but even that was lacking. The characters were not that engaging. By the end I thought the two main characters were idiots. Why, because if someone you love turns into a monster serial killer you don't repeatedly back them and say it is my duty.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bianca Amato?

    She was okay. I found her voice a little annoying and sleepy. She didn't do her men well or differentiate her characters enough.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Relief when it was over. In the last five minutes the end angered me, really?


    Any additional comments?

    I gave three stars for the story because of the effort.

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    K.D. Keenan Northern California 04-03-16
    K.D. Keenan Northern California 04-03-16 Member Since 2007

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    "Another Gregory Tour-de-Force"

    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.

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