The Lady of the Rivers is #1 New York
Times bestselling 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
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.
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.