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
“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)
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
I loved how it fit perfectly with The White Queen. The story of Melusina is so enchanting, and the constant conflicts Jacquetta faces keeps you intrigued.
II don't kinow... maybe with the books I listen because is part of a series, but not the book I'm looking for listeng again in the future
think difficult compare this book to others... But I think this book is like a prequel to the White Queen, since here was presented some facts that started the Cousins's War...
here we have a sense of who was Jaquetta before she was the "mother" of the White Queen. What was her role in the court before Edward of York be king...
For me, a prequel for the serieis.
Wonderful storytelling of an early time in British history. The complex connections of the important players in the drama is sometimes hard to follow.
It was so good that I was surprised when it ended! A lovely story. Make sure that you listen to this one first and then "the white queen" afterwards, as it is the continuing story of this heroine's daughter, Elizabeth (and is equally good!)
Any book by Phillipa Gregory and performed by Bianca is always a treat - this one begins to saga and is as good or better than the rest!! Definitely worth your time and money!!!
I'm not sure what the fuss is about. I love historical romance and this left me wondering why it gets so many stars...and why I crept through this audiobook until the very end. It was an eye rolling chore to listen sometimes. A predictable yawner.
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