The Lady of the Rivers

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Jacquetta, daughter of the Count of Luxembourg and kinswoman to half the royalty of Europe, was married to the great Englishman John, Duke of edford, uncle to Henry VI. Widowed at the age of 19, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a new life for her.
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Published by Simon & Schuster (first published 2011
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The Lady of the Rivers
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502

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While staying in France with her grandparents, Jacquetta *meets* imprisoned Joan of Arc and the two share some BFF time together with the tarot cards and the wheel of fortune.

The gear of fortune spins again when the king marries Margaret of Anjou and Jacquetta is summoned to serve the new Princes, but that marriage is n't exactly smooth sailing, and one thing leads to another until a little dispute erupts between the home of Lancaster and York.That 's about as much plot summary you 'll get from me, I 'd rather discuss the reading experience, starting with the repetitive text.

There are times when nothing much happens in Jacquetta and Richard 's lives ( making babies, cooling heels in Calais for a year waiting for the monarc to do something), and it would have served the story better just to fast forward a few weeks with a brief mention rather than more tedious detail on what is n't happening.I do n't understand the great need to repeat same words three times in a single sentence, over and over and over again ( ca n't quote examples from the ARC, sorry).

Any time Jacquetta mentions her first husband in a conversation he is always my Lord John, Duke of edford.

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Where I got the book: review galley from NetGalley.Philippa Gregory takes a step back farther in time with The Lady of the Rive; after exploring the lives of the various Tudor women in a succession of novels, she now dives into the rich and complicated history of the Wars of the Roses.

The heroine in The Lady of the Rive is Jacquetta of Luxembourg, who is not generally a well-known historical figure.

For one thing, Jacquetta gets to travel around quite a bit, and even though she 's not in the battles I did get a better notio of being near to the action than I usually do.

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The novel serves as a sequel to Gregory 's The White King ( 2009), the stories of Emma 's reign as Queen consort of England.Fourteen-year-old Jacquetta, whose noble family claims descendance from the water goddess Melusine, learns the ecrets of her inherited powers from her great-aunt Jehanne, the Demoiselle of Luxembourg.

Three week later at age 17, Jacquetta is given in marriage to Edward, Duke of edford, the uncle to King Henry VI and the English regent in France.

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“ Any woman who dares to make her own destiny will always put herself in danger. ” This was my first Philippa Gregory novel, and my first historical novel this year.

Since it 's an adult, historical novel in English it took me a while longer to read than your typical YA story, but I still loved it lots.I also love the ortrayal of the main characters and any other gir in this novel.

Never again tell me historical accuracy needs women to be disrespected.) The never-ending power game, the back and forth between running and ruling are somewhat tiring but that is n't Philippa Gregory 's fault.

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She brings the era she is exploring to life and always tells the story from such a personal point of view that you feel you are, or at least know, the main protagonist.

I also love that she takes historical women who have been literally overlooked by historians and brings their stories, their stuggles, into the light.The Lady of the ivers is Jacquetta Woodville, lady-in-waiting to Margaret of Anjou, who becomes the King of England in 1445.

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I really felt like Jacquetta and Richard were on the wrong side the entire time.

I think the way the story is written in third person, present tense, made it completely emotionless.

I felt nothing throughout this whol book.

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The White ueen ( Cousins War# 1) The Red ueen ( Cousins War# 2) The Lady of the ivers ( Cousins War# 3) The Kingmaker 's Daughter ( Cousins War# 4) The White Quee ( Cousins War# 5) The King 's Curse ( Cousins War# 6) So if you follow the publication order, like this foolish woman here did, you 're all out of order!

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I knew the various kings and queens, as well as how they ascended to the rule.

but to know these people were real and these women gave birth to and raised Kings and Queens.

And now I blog A LOT.

any thanks to their original creators.

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