A story rich in passion and legend, The Lady of the Rivers
is the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who
navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the Wars
of the Roses.
When Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent
of France, 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 their royal York rivals. As
Jacquetta fights for her king and her queen, she can see an
extraordinary and unexpected future for her daughter Elizabeth: a
change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of
York. . . .