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Passion. Danger. Witchcraft . . .

The Lady of the Rivers is #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregorys 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 dukes squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when the dukes 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.

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“An inspiration and the benchmark by which I judge historical novels.” - Alison Weir
Katherine is an epic novel of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family.

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“A glorious example of romance in its most classic literary sense: exhilarating, exuberant, and rich with the jeweled tones of England in the 1300s.” —Austin Chronicle

Katherine is an epic novel of a love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant fourteenth century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who rule despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already-married Katherine. Their affair persists through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. Anya Seton's vivid rendering of the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Lancaster makes Katherine an unmistakable classic.

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In The Lady of the Rivers, now in paperback, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory “demonstrates the passion and skill that has made her the queen of English historical fiction (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

When she marries the Duke of Bedford, English Regent of France, Jacquetta is introduced to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when her husband dies. 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 achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. 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 of the House of York. Jacquetta fights for them all, including her daughter Elizabeth Woodville, for whom Jacquetta senses an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.

     With a “suspenseful pace that never flags” (Kirkus Reviews), The Lady of the Rivers is a sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend.

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her Cousins’ War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.

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contest.tracy, November 6, 2014 (view all comments by contest.tracy)
I loved The Lady of the Rivers, as with almost all of Philippa Gregory's books this is a historical fiction based in England. I could not put this book down until I was done. Her words make me feel as though I am there, with this family, feeling their joy, and sadness. A great read if this is your area of interest.
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OnceUpon, April 17, 2013 (view all comments by OnceUpon)
Philippa Gregory really is the Queen of Historical Fiction. This book captivated me from page one; the entire Cousins' War Series is extremely well written and overall just enchanting. This probably is my favorite book in the series, although The White Queen is a very close second. I completely recommend this book to anyone that loves historical fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416563716
Author:
Gregory, Philippa
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Seton, Anya
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; The Other Boleyn Girl; Anne Boleyn; Henry VIII; The Tudors; The Yorks; The Lancasters; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Jacquetta; Duchess of Bedford; Duke of Bedford; Richard Woodville; England; Elizabeth Woodville
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; The Other Boleyn Girl; Anne Boleyn; Henry VIII; The Tudors; The Yorks; The Lancasters; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Jacquetta; Melusina; Duchess of Bedford; Duke of Bedford; Richard Woodville; England; Elizabeth Woodville; T
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; The Other Boleyn Girl; Anne Boleyn; Henry VIII; The Tudors; The Yorks; The Lancasters; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Jacquetta; Melusina; Duchess of Bedford; Duke of Bedford; Richard Woodville; England; Elizabeth Woodville; T
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; The Other Boleyn Girl; Anne Boleyn; Henry VIII; The Tudors; The Yorks; The Lancasters; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Jacquetta; Melusina; Duchess of Bedford; Duke of Bedford; Richard Woodville; England; Elizabeth Woodville; T
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; The Other Boleyn Girl; Anne Boleyn; Henry VIII; The Tudors; The Yorks; The Lancasters; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Jacquetta; Melusina; Duchess of Bedford; Duke of Bedford; Richard Woodville; England; Elizabeth Woodville; T
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; The Other Boleyn Girl; Anne Boleyn; Henry VIII; The Tudors; The Yorks; The Lancasters; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Jacquetta; Melusina; Duchess of Bedford; Duke of Bedford; Richard Woodville; England; Elizabeth Woodville; T
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; The Other Boleyn Girl; Anne Boleyn; Henry VIII; The Tudors; The Yorks; The Lancasters; The Cousins War; The War of the Roses; Jacquetta; Melusina; Duchess of Bedford; Duke of Bedford; Richard Woodville; England; Elizabeth Woodville; T
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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Product details 608 pages Touchstone Books - English 9781416563716 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
 
“An inspiration and the benchmark by which I judge historical novels.” - Alison Weir
Katherine is an epic novel of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family.
"Synopsis" by ,
“A glorious example of romance in its most classic literary sense: exhilarating, exuberant, and rich with the jeweled tones of England in the 1300s.” —Austin Chronicle

Katherine is an epic novel of a love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant fourteenth century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who rule despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already-married Katherine. Their affair persists through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. Anya Seton's vivid rendering of the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Lancaster makes Katherine an unmistakable classic.

"Synopsis" by , In The Lady of the Rivers, now in paperback, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory “demonstrates the passion and skill that has made her the queen of English historical fiction (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

When she marries the Duke of Bedford, English Regent of France, Jacquetta is introduced to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy. Her only friend in the great household is the squire Richard Woodville, who is at her side when her husband dies. 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 achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta can sense the threat from the people of England and the danger of royal rivals. 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 of the House of York. Jacquetta fights for them all, including her daughter Elizabeth Woodville, for whom Jacquetta senses an extraordinary and unexpected future: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York.

     With a “suspenseful pace that never flags” (Kirkus Reviews), The Lady of the Rivers is a sweeping, powerful story rich in passion and legend.

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