The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel by Philippa GregoryThe Lady of the Rivers: A Novel by Philippa Gregory

The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel

byPhilippa Gregory

Hardcover | October 18, 2011

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#1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory brings to life the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman of passion and of legend who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses to bring her family unimaginable power.

When the young and beautiful Jacquetta is married to the older 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 has visions of the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of their royal York rivals. Jacquetta fights for her king and queen, as she sees an extraordinary and unexpected future for her daughter Elizabeth: a change of fortune, the white rose of York, and the throne of England…
Philippa Gregory was born in Nairobi, Kenya on January 9, 1954. At the age of two, she moved to England with her family. She received a B.A. in history at Sussex University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 18th-century literature from the University of Edinburgh in 1984. She has taught at numerous universities and was made a fellow of Kingston U...
Title:The Lady of the Rivers: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.5 inShipping dimensions:9.25 × 6.25 × 1.5 inPublished:October 18, 2011Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416563709

ISBN - 13:9781416563709


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read The third book in the Cousin's War series. This is the story of Jacquetta Woodville, mother of the future Queen of England. Good novel, not one of her best works but still an enjoyable read. Would recommend this to Gregory fans and to those who are interested in the War of the Roses. If you are reading this series, I would suggest that you start with this novel as it provides a lot of background knowledge for the first two novels in this series.
Date published: 2012-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another hit Yet another great book for all the Gregory and historical fiction fans out there. An absolutely intriguing character brought alive like only Gregory can do! Although I have read the cousins war books in the order they have been written, you could certainly read this before the White Queen and Red Queen. I actually think it may have been better to read about Jacquetta before reading about her daughter Elizabeth (White Queen). Only disappointment was learning that the next novel will NOT be about the white princess (Elizabeth of York) but will be about the Neville girls.
Date published: 2011-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing and thoroughly well researched The Good Stuff Wonderfully authentic, and obviously thoroughly researched Intriguing storyline with Jacquetta's relationship with Joan of Arc You can feel the respect and love the author has for her subject matter History really comes alive & what could have been a seriously dull story is brought alive by the authors imagination Liked the witch-craftish moments woven into the story, again livens up what could have been a dull story Author is a gifted storyteller and brings alive some fascinating characters that history has sorta just skipped over. Learned a lot about the history of the War of the Roses, which I have to be honest I knew barely anything about (I usually get hooked on all of the Henry VIII and Elizabeth I era novels) Intrigues me to do some further reading about Jacquetta's daughter Elizabeth Woodville Fabulous Bibliography for further readings Extremely helpful Family Tree and Map Would have liked more about Jacquetta's later years which Philippa alludes to in the author's note - that sounds intriguing and should have been put in and maybe skipped the dull popping out baby chapters The Not so Good Stuff Could have really benefited from some editing, there is a lot of repetition in terms of always having to mention the characters name and their status OK I know this is really picky but it did affect my enjoyment of the book. I know its is very authentic in terms of a women's role in society during these time, but the constant mentioning of being a proper lady and doing what one was told by a man made me want to gag Jacquetta isn't an awful likable strong character during most of the story (again very authentic, but it did irritate me) She sorta notices the poor but does nothing about it , and a bit of a doormat, which differs from the description of her for the book Certain chapters just jump through years and really could have just been left out - basically for a while she is in country side popping out babies and coming back to court once in a while -- its a wee bit dull and again, I think some better editing would have tightened up the story and made it a more interesting read Favorite Quotes/Passages "He was Edmund Beaufort's older brother, but he made a fool of himself in France and came home and died, so promptly and conveniently - just ahead of a charge of treason - that Richard says it was by his own hands and was the only good thing he ever did for his family." "A spell and a prayer and knowing your desire are all the same thing." "Elizabeth draws a circle in the air wither her forefinger, the sign for the wheel of fortune, which can throw a woman so high in the world that she can command a king, or pull her down to this: a dishonored agonizing death." Who should/shouldn't read Fans of Philippa Gregory's previous works will enjoy Anyone with an interest in the history of The Wars of the Roses
Date published: 2011-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great read from a historical fiction master This review originally posted at Christa's Hooked on Books ( Jacquetta is more than just a duchess. She is descended from Melusina, the river goddess and she has been blessed with second sight. As a duchess, however, she is able to access secret worlds – worlds of prophesy and alchemy. Amidst these new discoveries she is surrounded by danger. England is ruled by Henry and his wife Margaret and their decisions are questionable at best. You can be a favourite one day and find yourself locked away in the tower before you wake up the next morning. Jacquetta's position is a difficult one and the only person she can trust is her husband, Richard Woodville. Together, they must work to stay alive and protect the family, and the country, that they love. You would think when reviewing a novel like this I might talk about world building. And that is an important aspect in a story that takes place in a world so different from our own. However, in my opinion, world building was not the best part of this novel. The best part of this novel was the characters. Philippa Gregory writes amazing characters. I loved Jacquetta and Richard, they're so sympathetic and I got so upset whenever bad things happened to them. They are also incredibly developed, Jacquetta especially. You really feel like you know them and you can predict what their reaction is going to be. I am also incredibly impressed by the depiction of Queen Margaret. She's the queen you love to hate. You'll want to throw the book down in frustration every time she does something stupid but then you'll immediately want to pick it back up again to see what she does next. Don't worry if you haven't read Gregory's other novels in this series (The Red Queen & The White Queen) and don't worry if you know nothing about this historical period. I'm sure all that would add to many of the elements in this book but even without, it's still an incredible read. I only knew the basics and I was completely absorbed. The history unfolds itself, the world springs up around you. All you need to do is follow the characters and they'll suck you into their crazy lives. After that, everything else just fades away.
Date published: 2011-10-10

Editorial Reviews

“The best yet, a lively tale . . . set amid civil wars in England and France.” –Associated Press