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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 Bedford, uncle to Henry VI.
Widowed at the age of nineteen she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her house-hold for love, and then carved out a life for herself as Queen Margaret of Anjou's close friend and a Lancaster supporter - until the day that her daughter Elizabeth Woodville fell in love and married the rival king Edward IV.
Of all the little-known but important women of the period, her dramatic story is the most neglected. With her links to Melusina, and to the founder of the house of Luxembourg, together with her reputation for making magic, she is the most haunting of heroines.
About the Author
Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally best-selling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds. Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex university, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire.
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Comments about The Lady of the Rivers:
I love Philippa Gregory, and think she has really returned to form in this series of books set during the War of the Roses, a period of time I've never really understood. Philippa Gregory has illuminated it beautifully for me, bringing to life the key characters, their fears and motives and various obsessions – this book focuses on Jacquetta Woodville, the mother of Elizabeth Woodville whose story was told in 'The White Queen'. Excellent historical fiction.
"'The contemporary mistress of historical crime' (Kate Mosse) 'Gregory makes history come alive... riveting' (Sunday Express) 'A rattling good read' (The Times)"
Published: 1st April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.584