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)
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Jacquetta going against how people were married and married for love.
I would ask Margaret D'Anjou. She is a crazy character and larger then life.
Long and drawn out, i kept wanting for it to get more exciting, or more about her magic. i couldn't finish it. i tried my best but it's not getting better.
I enjoyed the narrator. She did a fabulous job with this book!
Jaquetta was an amazingly developed character.
So many are favorites throughout the novel.
The Queen to ask her what she was thinking when she betrayed her husband the king.
Joan of Arc to ask her about losing her youth and life.
Finally Jaquetta on her thoughts about squelching her gift of sight.
3 x mom
creative, interesting, engaging
Love the ideas the author brings to her stories, bringing her characters to life with enough historical basis to make it believable, but not so much to bog the story down.
Bianca Amato's performance was wonderful, as usual. The accent brings the characters to life in a "real" setting, and her ability to slightly differentiate between characters (both male and female) and still make each character sound natural and believable makes her readings a real pleasure.
I have read reviews that condemn the author for her lack of historical accuracy. Personally, I have found great enjoyment in how the author brings characters to life within a historical period. She has included enough details to send me to "google" different areas of dress, location, artwork, etc., and get me interested enough to study further on my own.
I wish my high school history teacher had done so much to engage me in further study!
I really liked this story. When I was done I re-listened to the White Queen (this is the prequel to the White and the Red Queens) I wished I had read them in order.
It was my first and I have been listening ever since... 18months later. Love the narrator and have purchased several books just because Bianca reading it to me! There is so much emotion to her voice and she keeps the story moving. All the different voices she has, you always know who is who.
Love all of Philippa Gregory and she does not let you down. I'm glad she chose this "prequel" to write, but have to say that I may have like to read this one first and then the white queen and then the red queen. It was different hearing the story when I knew what the future outcome held. I definatly recommend regardless what order you hear/read them in. I love the first person view, it makes you really feel what Jacquetta may have felt and I got lost into a different culture while listening.
Philippa brings a new look to these characters
The characters come to life
Just as good as the first one I listened to,
Although this book is the third in the series, I would suggest that you read it first, as it explains a lot of background information needed to understand the other two books. Great listen.
I'd read "White Queen" and enjoyed that so much that "Lady" was a natural next step, although truly "Lady" predates both "White" and "Red' Queen novels. Having gone through "White" first a lot of the plot lines in "Lady" were known, and the insight of Jacquetta was interesting and telling. Book got off to a slow start for me, and yet Gregory's ability to weave such a fantastic tapestry through her many plot lines, within a work of historical fiction - and a masterful performance by Bianca Amato - draws you in. Very enjoyable.
I usually like Phillipa Gregory, but I just couldn't finish this one.
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