The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
A Novel (War of the Roses)

83%

16 Critic Reviews

As a writer, Gregory is constantly exploring the conflict between men and the women determined to live their own lives.
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Synopsis

#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…
 

About Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. 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.
 
Published October 18, 2011 by Touchstone. 513 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Lady of the Rivers
All: 16 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Good
on Aug 16 2011

Although the complexity of the historical and political events threatens to overwhelm Jacquetta’s story, the suspenseful pace never flags.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 27 2011

She makes history (mostly accurate) come alive for readers (mostly women) by giving credence to persistent rumors that academic historians (mostly men) have brushed aside.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Geri, the History Lady on Nov 22 2011

I did not fully buy into the friendship between the two women.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Anna Meade on Nov 20 2011

As a writer, Gregory is constantly exploring the conflict between men and the women determined to live their own lives.

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Examiner

Below average
Reviewed by Kayla Posney on Nov 04 2011

"The Lady of the Rivers" is simply not as memorable of a novel as "The White Queen" and "The Red Queen" which is sad because the story of Jacquetta Woodville could have been so much more.

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on Oct 20 2011

THE LADY OF THE RIVERS is a fascinating novel that reflects King Henry VI's reign as though author Philippa Gregory were there herself to experience it firsthand.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Feb 21 2013

As always, Gregory turns history into herstory with pageantry, passion and magic.

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Express

Excellent
Reviewed by Catherine Dunne on Oct 02 2011

... this reader became thoroughly hooked by a fascinating tale told with energy, insight and passion.

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We Love This Book

Excellent
on Feb 21 2013

Gregory explores an extraordinary period through the eyes of a remarkable woman.

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BellaOnline

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Binion on Feb 21 2013

If you are a fan of historical fiction that is full of action, if you like stories about strong women, if you like romance stories, then this book is for you.

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DNA

Good
Reviewed by Karishma Attari on Mar 11 2012

...Gregory’s heroines are fantasy women...This is the image that stays with you, making The Lady Of The Rivers a page-turner...

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Curious Book Fans

Excellent
Reviewed by eilidhcatriona on Sep 28 2011

The Lady of the Rivers is a thoroughly enjoyable read, and a must for all fans of Philippa Gregory.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Becca Taylor on Sep 06 2011

...The Lady of the Rivers will not disappoint. If you haven't discovered Gregory's strikingly detailed reenactments of these historical periods, Jaquetta's tale will likely get you hooked.

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Cairo 360

Above average
Reviewed by Basma Mostafa on Apr 17 2012

...Gregory's fans who are used to her engaging writing and unique take on things might find The Lady of the Rivers a tad disappointing as it lacks that magical flair that her other novels have been known for.

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Fancy Goods

Good
Reviewed by Bookseller+Publisher magazine on Sep 30 2011

Philippa Gregory continues to bring history to life quite spectacularly...

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Romantic Historical Lovers

Excellent
Reviewed by LadyOfMisrule on Dec 19 2012

The novel fully immersed me into medieval Europe and I really did feel as though I was in Jacquetta’s shoes, seeing through her eyes.

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