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)
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.
Lupus, Lupy belly dance teacher and photographer gal...in love with Midieavel novels...
This is a well written and quite a page turner. The life and experiences of a woman who created a history of amazing women and men, Jaquette, the great grandmother Henry the VIII and the 3rd great grandmother of the famed Elizabeth the I, the Virgin queen. And imagine, these amazing people were descendants of a mystical water Goddess!? You must read this book and the rest in Phillipa Gregory's White Queen series to figure that out.
The cousins' war series is wonderful. Have listened to it many times & always note something I must have missed before. Characters develop & change & grow. Hope she writes more series like this.
Have you ever seen the movie "Vantage Point"? To me, this series is the story of the Yorks told in that way. This story tells much about the White Queen's mother giving greater understanding of the period.
I really enjoy listening to her voice and it is perfect for the story.
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