Books Review – The Lady of the Rivers
THIS IS A wonderful read! The story of Jacquetta, the Duchess of Bedford, takes place during the War of the Roses, early to mid 1400s in France and England.
Based on history this wonderful, exciting story of Jacquetta, a descendent of Melusina, the river goddess, she always had the gift of second sight. During her travels she meets Joan of Arc and early on sees what can happen to someone believed to practice witchcraft!
She moves to France, meets and marries the Duke of Bedford and he knows of her gifts and urges her to practice and perfect them. When he dies she marries her best friend, the duke’s squire, Richard Woodville. They return to England to serve at the court of the young King Henry VI. There are many trials and tribulations, many ups and downs that happen during the story and it definitely keeps you turning the pages. Richard is continually sent away to do different battles for the King but always returns to his love – Jacquetta. She has several children, all of whom she wants to make sure is taken care of in a good marriage. She is great friends with the Queen and that can be good and bad – and a challenge. The Queen is not well loved by the people. A history lesson in itself, as well as just a really fascinating story about one woman’s power and how she wielded it in a time when women were thought to have no power.
A story rich in passion and legend. The story of Jacquetta – the real-life mother of the white queen. Philippa Gregory knows how to weave a wonderful tale and keep us reading while, unbeknownst to us, we are learning too!
2011 by Touchstone Books, a division of Simon and Schuster