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The Lady of the Rivers | [Philippa Gregory]

The Lady of the Rivers

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. 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.
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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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    BarnRat Western Oregon 08-06-12
    BarnRat Western Oregon 08-06-12 Member Since 2012

    50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.

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    "Outstanding story, beatifully read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, another great piece of historical fiction told by the incomparable Phillipa Gregory. She combines exhaustive historical research with masterful story telling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I wanted to make it last and last. I was sorry when it ended.


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    Gregory's inclusion of magic and intuition as legitimate expressions of female power during a time when women were all but stripped of any power is compelling and beautifully rendered. This story of Jaquetta Woodville, a little known character in the back story of the "War of the Roses" is simply stunning. Anyone interested in English history of the 15th century is in for a delicious adventure with this work.

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    Denis Beaumont Charlesbourg, Quebec Canada 06-06-12
    Denis Beaumont Charlesbourg, Quebec Canada 06-06-12 Listener Since 2009

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to someone who loves historic books with fantasy


    What about Bianca Amato???s performance did you like?

    The reader was very good I really enjoyed her voice and intonation.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book was long for my taste some parts I could live without it, details that weren't a must to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good but long for my taste, you have to be interestedm in early history, this is the story of the mother of Elizabeth Woodville (the author wrote a book about her too). For my taste there was too much reference to withcraft and goddess etc... But if you like it you will be very happy with this book. If possible this book should be read before the Red & White Queen from the same author.

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    Barbara Michaud 05-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    This is great Historical Fiction. We really can not know exactly what a woman like Jaquetta thought about her life, but to birth that many children, raise all but one to adulthood, and survive during the violence of the war of the roses gives her heroine status. All the rigid laws and social constraints were no match for such a woman. Gregory creates a likable Jaquetta whose strength comes from within herself and her understanding of her heritage. She is powerful, but not overtly manipulative or inflexible. In these times a great reminder for us to channel our inner River Goddess.

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    Susan Bradenton, FL, United States 05-07-12
    Susan Bradenton, FL, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Well worth reading"
    Would you listen to The Lady of the Rivers again? Why?

    The characters from history fascinate your imagination


    What did you like best about this story?

    The easy flow of the story


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    All played a very interesting roll


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I listen maybe 30 minutes at a time


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Renee M. Tierney 03-27-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Love, Love Philippa Gregory!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The detail of this book is amazing. Makes you feel as you are living in the times.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 12-01-11
    Barbara Lake Hiawatha, NJ, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    Good but not exciting. Narrator had a great voice so it was a pleasant listen.

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    Cheryl Rochester Hills, MI, United States 11-21-11
    Cheryl Rochester Hills, MI, United States 11-21-11
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    "a little disappointing"

    I have read many of Philippa Gregory's books, and love her style, her historical accuracy and the characters she has chosen, but for some reason, I could not wait for this book to end! It was so tedious and I felt as though the same battle was being fought over and over- I know this was more of less the case in this time in history, but I think the story did not have to drag us through each and every one of them. I will still read anything she writes, however.

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    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 11-14-11
    Michele Alpine, UT, United States 11-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great read by Ms Gregory!"

    The Lady of the Rivers is another great book if you are into historical fiction! My only problem is that my memory is not so great so I sometimes have to refer to a prior book that Ms Phillips has written to see where they all fit together! (note: this is not the writers problem but my own and my bad memory!) I just love reading about Europe and their Royalty and Ms Phillips always brings the characters to life! The narrator has also done many other books by Ms Phillips like "The Red Queen", "Queens Fool", "Boleyn Inheritance" and more, I find that this makes the books more enjoyable when the narrator is familiar with the author, the characters and the style of writing. ENJOY!

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