The Lady of the Rivers

The Lady of the Rivers
Philippa Gregory
Reviewed by Alpha Wearing
Simon and Schuster
Thu, 15/09/2011
9781847374592
£18.99

Jacquetta is the mother of Elizabeth Woodville, who caught the eye of Edward IV and became his Queen. She comes from a long line of women with second sight and a belief that they are descendents of Melusina, the River Goddess. The novel begins with Jacquetta’s visit to Joan of Arc and her witnessing of Joan’s death, setting the tone for this portrayal of a violent period. At 17, Jacquetta marries the powerful Duke of Bedford, who risks the King’s censure by marrying a commoner. Eventually winning a place at court, Jacquetta finds herself at the centre of the intrigues of the Lancaster and York families. Gregory explores an extraordinary period through the eyes of a remarkable woman.  

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