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#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory weaves witchcraft, passion, and adventure into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses.

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta has always had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she meets his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and recognizes her own power 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.

Married to the Duke of Bedford, English Regent of France, Jacquetta is introduced by him 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.

A sweeping, powerful story based on history and rich in passion and legend, The Lady of the Rivers tells the story of the real-life mother to the White Queen. Philippa Gregory is writing at the height of her talent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wielding magic again in her latest War of the Roses novel Gregory demonstrates the passion and skill that has made her the queen of English historical fiction…Gregory portrays spirited women at odds with powerful men, endowing distant historical events with drama, and figures long dead or invented with real-life flaws and grand emotions. She makes history…come alive for readers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This rip-roarer possesses the same intimate imaginative texture of Gregory’s classic The Other Boleyn Girl…It’s about love, power and human weakness.”

    USA Today online

  • “The best writers of historical fiction imbue the past with the rich tapestry of life and depth, and Gregory is surely counted among their number…A worthy addition to this fascinating series, once again distinguished by excellent characterization, thorough research, and a deft touch with the written word.”

    Library Journal

  • “The best yet, a lively tale of witchcraft and romance set amid civil wars in England and France.”

    Associated Press

  • “Sexy…scandalous…smart.”


  • “The suspenseful pace never flags.”


  • “The ethereal magic threaded throughout the story contrasts nicely with the power politics.”


  • “Gregory is a consummate historical author.”

    Historical Novels Review

  • “Bianca Amato has a voice to rave about. Her narration is pure joy to hear. Add to that a fabulous story in this third installment of Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series, and you have an audio experience to savor. Amato’s elegant diction highlights the life, loves, rivalries, and betrayals faced by beautiful, intelligent, and unconventional Jacquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. Amato captures both the young Jacquetta, a descendant of the water goddess Melusina, and the more mature woman who makes life-altering decisions for herself, her husband, and her many children. Court favorite and confidante to Queen Margaret d’Anjou, Jacquetta rises to power in a male-dominated society, an achievement that proves controversial and dangerous. Amato’s striking performance draws lifelike portraits from Gregory’s blend of research and imagination.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2011 Indie Next List
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Kirkus Reviews “New and Notable Title”, October 2011
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tania | 2/19/2014

    " I am a big fan of Philippa Gregory. Real life/history always makes for interesting reads - truth is stranger than fiction, and the english monarchy is always entertaining "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Samantha | 2/16/2014

    " This was a good book. I love Jaquetta and Richard, and think the Queen is definitely a woman who thrives on power. I also like that they introduce a lot of the players of the next book. It was good, but my favorite still remains "The Other Boleyn Girl". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Magalie | 2/15/2014

    " It was entertaining to read. Interesting to view the same events through different perspectives/characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Russamun82 | 2/14/2014

    " I did not know much about the mother of Elizabeth Woodville but after reading this novel, I want to do so. "

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