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The Lady of the Rivers (The Cousins' War #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  24,195 ratings  ·  2,200 reviews
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 19, she took the extraordinary risk of marrying a gentleman of her household for love, and then carved out a new life for herself.
Hardcover, 502 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published 2011)
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Carole Moleti Others have gone into the details about the storyline. I liked it, but the point of view was very shallow, probably because the pace of the story was…moreOthers have gone into the details about the storyline. I liked it, but the point of view was very shallow, probably because the pace of the story was so fast. She had about twelve babies over the course of the story (I lost count) but not even one of the births was described in any detail as they were in The Other Boleyn Girl. True, the story takes place over a number of years, but Jaquetta never exhibited any deep emotion or reaction to many of the horrific sights and indignities she endured. I'll read the other two books in the series and see how they turn out.(less)

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I have a problem with authors thinking that they have to reach a larger mass audience once they are popular. It is comparable to a musician who “sells out”. The Lady of the Rivers certainly portrayed a dummied down storyline which started with the immediate opener. Perhaps Gregory is so popular now, that she took away much of the magic so evident in some of her earlier works to reach a wider audience.

The theme of my complaints against The Lady of the Rivers is the lack of depth. Admittedly, thi
Where I got the book: review galley from NetGalley.

Philippa Gregory takes a step back farther in time with The Lady of the Rivers; 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. This was a period in the 1400s in which two branches of the Plantagenet royal family struggled for power over England (and various bits of France).

The protagonist in The Lady of the Rivers is Jacquetta of Luxem
**This review may be considered slightly spoilerish so enter at your own risk**

Lady of the Rivers is the third book in Gregory's Cousins' War series, and focuses on Jacquetta of Luxembourg. While staying in France with her uncle, Jacquetta *meets* imprisoned Joan of Arc and the two share some BFF time together with the tarot cards and the wheel of fortune. After Joan meets her unhappy end, the beauteous Jacquetta catches the eye of the powerful Duke of Bedford, uncle to young king Henry VI. Jacq
I've enjoyed a small handful of Philippa Gregory novels in the past and the subject of her newest book entitled The Lady of the Rivers, the third in her Plantagenet women series, is Jaquetta of Luxembourg and mother to Elizabeth Woodville (subject of a previous novel, The White Queen).

For those of you who have read The White Queen, you'll know that Gregory drew a lot (and I do mean A LOT) from the mythical descendant-aspect of those Woodville girls. There were a lot of allusions to witch-craft,
In The Lady of the Rivers, Philippa Gregory continues her Wars of the Roses saga (I balk at calling it the Cousins’ War) with the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, mother to Edward IV’s queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Like her daughter Elizabeth, Jacquetta is possessed of supernatural powers.

First, I did strongly appreciate one aspect of this novel: the sympathetic portrayal of Jacquetta and the Woodville family. Most novels about the Wars of the Roses portray the Woodvilles negatively, to the
Two and a half stars

The Lady of the Rivers follows the story of Jacquetta, the mother of Elizabeth Woodville, (who becomes Queen of England), from a privileged child of the family Luxemburg in France, a family descended from the goddess Melusina; through her encounter with Joan of Arc; an early marriage to the Duke of Bedford, regent of France, uncle to King Henry of Lancaster, who exposes her to alchemy and secret books of forbidden knowledge, and subsequently, accusations of witchcraft. Upon t
Where to begin...It had been a while since I'd read a Philippa Gregory book (and I'd liked her books in the past--The Other Boleyn Girl being my favorite), so I was looking forward to reading The Lady of the Rivers after I won it through First-Reads. After starting it, I quickly realized PG's writing has become a shadow of its former self. Devoting an entire book to Jacquetta was questionable to begin with; for all the royal goings-on that she was privy to, her life really wasn't all that exciti ...more
I think I was probably harder on this book than I needed to be, but I really felt this book was choppily written for being a PG book. In her last few books, I have found her going down the path of James Patterson~lower quality books because the market for her works is already set. That is how I felt with this book. Not only did I feel it was choppily written, but very superficial to boot. I was just really, really disappointed. I have seen this occurring in a very slow progression with her books ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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Though not nearly as hair-pullingly irritating as its predecessor The Red Queen, (which irritated me so much I didn't even review it. Who wants to read four+ paragraphs of "UGH" and "WHY DOES SHE DO THIS!" and "Shouldn't Margaret of Anjou be the Red Queen NOT Margaret Beaufort?") The Lady of the Rivers has its fair share of problems. This time the story follows Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Dowager Duchess of Bedford, historically remembered most as the
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
"I put the charm bracelet away in the purse and return it to my jewel case. I don't need a spell to foresee the future; I am going to make it happen."
--Philippa Gregory, The Lady of the Rivers

The third book in Philippa Gregory's The Cousins' War series is The Lady of the Rivers which chronicles Jaquetta of Luxembourg. While this is the third book in the series I hesitated reading this because I wasn't sure if this particular woman in history would interest me. I read The White Queen, the first b
B the BookAddict
May 29, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical fiction, Tudor history lovers
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: Goodreads
Shelves: hist-fiction

I did enjoy reading this Cousins War installment featuring Jacquetta, The Lady Rivers, even though each time I had to key the name of the book into Goodreads, I typed “The Lady of Shallott” :) I'm a sucker for that poem!

My only grizzle is that being numbered Cousins War #3, you would think that it would be following in a chronological sense after The White Queen and The Red Queen but this is not so.

Currently, the chronological order that these books should be read in is: (as shown on https://ww
2 stars - Meh. Just ok.

This series is not placed in chronological order as is the case with her Tudor series. Unfortunately, this led to a feeling of repetitiveness as this story takes place before the 1st in the series. Therefore many things are repeated or have already been covered which made for a ho-hum read. I never felt particularly moved or impressed by the writing, and the historical figures simply did not come to life as they typically do in Gregory's books. Hopefully this one was just
First off, isn't that a glorious cover?
I did not have the good fortune to read Ms. Gregory's The White Queen and The Red Queen which told the stories of Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort the two queens involved in "The Cousins' War" or The War of the Roses as it came down in history. The Lady of the Rivers is about Elizabeth Woodville's mother, Jacquetta.

Jacquetta is a woman almost lost to history in spite of her being Henry VII's grandmother and Margaret Beaufort's devoted friend and al
Philippa Gregory is always good value and very rarely disappoints. I love the way she always looks at the female protagonists and their perspective, of the era she writes about.Usually quite overlooked in what was quite a male dominated time and place. Although criticised for the liberties she takes with some historical facts, she is the first to admit to poetic license. There is enough historical content to satisfy those who want it that way and enough fiction to make for a great story. The sto ...more
Having caught up with Philippa Gregory’s novels to date earlier this year (bar her pre-TOBG works) and being well aware of the forthcoming publication of her latest books – The Lady of the Rivers – I decided to give this a go when I saw an early published version of the novel in duty free at the airport. Whilst there were parts of The Lady of the Rivers that I definitely enjoyed, such as some of the imagery and descriptions, I kept running into certain issues. I had initially intended to address ...more
Rick F.
"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"

- This review was first published in the November 2011 edition of The Historical Novels Review -

Philippa Gregory’s third entry in her Cousins’ Wars series features an unusual character: Jacquetta Woodville, mother of Elizabeth, who in turn gave birth to the princes who disappeared mysteriously in the Tower. In THE LADY OF THE RIVERS, Ms Gregory travels further back in time, bringing us a glimpse of the seeds of the epic conflict that will be known as the War of the Roses. French-born Jacquetta
Jennifer Lafferty
This is a beautifully told love story above all else. The shocking romance between The central character, Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford and her second husband, Richard, a simple squire later known as Lord Rivers, is a passionate tale of true love. This fifteenth century era story takes place during an exciting time; the beginning of The War of the Roses. Ruthless Medieval politics play an important role in the novel. The buffoonish and childlike Henry VI and his spoiled young bride Margaret of A ...more

This book is not flawless; it still suffers from a bit of plot-lag, as though the direction of the book, instead of being sharp and intriguing, is more soft, mushy, and of questionable direction, but at least here Philippa pulls it together brilliantly.

After reading The White Queen and The Red Queen (extremely not happy with the latter), I was at first groaning about the continuation in The Cousins' War series. But the title of this book alone hooked me. So
Anna [Floanne]
Archiviamo questa pena. Se avessi avuto le mezze stelle, sarebbe stato 1.5 ma visto che l'unica stella la riservo a cose peggiori, gliene ho date ben due!
Un mattonazzo storico ambientato nel periodo del regno di Enrico VI e della Guerra delle Due Rose, condito con un po' di magia (ma poca poca, giusto per rendere il tutto meno credibile, ma non abbastanza misterioso da risultare interessante) e qualche intrallazzo di corte (scontato e neanche tanto osé). Onestamente non conosco abbastanza appro
I am usually a really big fan of Phillipa Gregory. I loved her Tudor Series, especially The Other Boleyn Girl. The Cousins War series is her attempt to try out a different historical period -that of the War of the Roses.

I cannot review this book without mentioning the others. I enjoyed the White Queen, though felt all the references to magic were a bit unnecessary. Magic had been included in The Other Boleyn Girl to good effect. I didn't have an issue with magic being brought up or believed in,
Dana Burgess
Philippa Gregory has, once again, written a keeper. I have never read a book by this author that I haven't enjoyed, but this one has definitely risen to the top as my favorite. It is one of those books that a reader can get lost in: Jacquetta's life becomes a part of the reader's reality. It is such a joy to read a book that recognises the power women always have held, even when it wasn't widely acknowledged. And the love that existed between Jacquetta and Richard is inspiring and delightful.
Sempre fui apaixonada pela corte inglesa, aliás sempre fui apaixonada por tudo o que envolvesse reis e rainhas, principes e princesas. Em pequenina só queria ouvir histórias de principes que se apaixonavam por meninas pobres e que lutavam contra tudo e todos para ficar com elas. Segui de perto o casamento do Will com a Kate, sigo tudo o que tem aver com a monarquia inglesa.

Este livro, A Senhora dos Rios, relata sem dúvida alguma passagens muito importantes da história da monarquia inglesa e fra
Mira, a escriba

Com este livro voltamos ainda mais no tempo, até à guerra dos cem anos entre Inglaterra e França (1337 a 1453). A trama começa em 1430, quando Joana DArc é apanhada pelos familiares da Jacquetta, e esta, desenvolve uma intrigante relação com a prisioneira.

Penso que a primeira parte foi um pouco parada, mas depois da morte do Duque de Bedford a acção aumenta - o amor entre Jacquetta e Ricardo floresce e os problemas em Inglaterra começam! Ricardo está constantemente ao seu lado e protege-a co
Rio (Lynne)
What a disappointment! I actually enjoyed PG's other books, even the less popular ones, so what happened to this one? I understand that people were very superstitious in those times and that Jacquetta Woodville really believed she was a descendant of Melusine, but come on! PG had an opportunity to tell a great story, instead it was all hocus pocus and unicorns. We learned more about Jacquetta in the White and Red Queen and even in those books the magic was not the center of the story and you sti ...more
I'm a huge fan of Philipa Gregory's books, so when I got this novel I was super excited to read it, and I'm sure all her fans will feel in the same way when they lay hands on this book.

This novel tells us the story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, daughter of Peter I and Margaret de Baux, and mother of Elizabeth Woodville (Queen consort of King Edward IV of England, and main character of the novel; The White Queen, the second book in The Cousins' War series).

Even thought I haven't read the first tw
Philippa Gregory rocks. This one gets a little tedious near the end when the author has to fit in all the historical details, but even then she finds ways for her characters to spice it up. I really liked it (as noted in my star rating).

Again, I have to praise the cleverness of Philippa Gregory. To anyone else, the Cousins' War series would be completely out of order. But her first book is the hook to get you started, the next book is other side of the story to make it fair, and the third book
I have been seeing Philippa Gregory books in the library for a few years now. I have always thought they looked interesting, and that I would probably like them if I gave them a chance, but I just wasn’t in the mood for history. I finally decided to take the plunge with The Lady of the Rivers. I have since learned that Mrs. Gregory is known for her impeccable research and treatment of real historical women – even the more obscure ones such as Jacquetta, the main character of this book.

Although J
After reading the White Queen by Gregory, I was interested in the author's version of Elizabeth Woodville's mother, Jacquetta.

This is the third installment of a War of the Roses series dubbed The Cousins War. A young Jacquetta of Luxembourg, a daughter descendant of the water goddess, Melusina. The connection was explained well enough for readers who didn't read the White Queen, while interesting, there was once again a too large focus on this fantastical element. She is involved in the opening
'We stand hand-clasped, our faces quite blank, as if this were not a nightmare that tells me, as clearly as if it was written in letters of fire, what ending a girl may expect if she defies the rules of men. I am not only here to witness what happens to a heretic. I am here to witness what happens to a woman who thinks she knows more than men.'

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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acc ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Cousins' War (6 books)
  • The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1)
  • The Red Queen (The Cousins' War, #2)
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War #4)
  • The White Princess (The Cousins' War,  #5)
  • The King's Curse (The Cousins' War, #6)
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2) The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1) The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1) The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4) The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)

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