By Philippa Gregory
A narrative wealthy in ardour and legend, The girl of the Rivers is the tale of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a girl who navigated a treacherous direction throughout the conflict traces within the Wars of the Roses.
When Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, he introduces her to a mysterious global of studying and alchemy. Her in basic terms good friend within the nice family is the duke’s squire Richard Woodville, who's at her part whilst the duke’s dying leaves her a filthy rich younger widow. the 2 turn into enthusiasts and marry in mystery, returning to England to serve on the courtroom of the younger King Henry VI, the place Jacquetta turns into an in depth and constant good friend to his new queen.
The Woodvilles quickly in attaining a spot on the very center of the Lancaster court docket, even though Jacquetta can experience the starting to be chance from the folk of britain and the risk in their royal York competitors. As Jacquetta fights for her king and her queen, she will see a unprecedented and unforeseen destiny for her daughter Elizabeth: a transformation of fortune, the throne of britain, and the white rose of York. . . .
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I even warned my men that I would be injured that day. I knew before we went into battle. ’ I ask. ’ The question is so shocking that the girls whip round to stare at me and under their joint gaze I find I am blushing as if for something shameful. ‘No! ’ she asks, as reasonably as if everyone hears something. ‘Well, not voices exactly,’ I say. ’ I glance behind me as if the very fish might rise to eavesdrop. ‘When someone in my family is going to die, then I hear a noise,’ I say. ’ the girl, Elizabeth, asks.
They have rules as if they were jousting. I’m not like that. My words are real, not like a troubadour’s poem. ’ Aunt Jehanne interrupts. The girl looks at her. ‘Oh, but it is, my lady. The noblemen are not serious about these matters. Not serious like me. They play at war and make up rules. They ride out and lay waste to good people’s farms and laugh as the thatched roofs burn. Besides, I cannot make promises. ’ My great-aunt pauses for a moment’s thought. ‘I will tell them to take the chains off you and guard you so that you do not escape; and then you can come and sit with us in my rooms.
I don’t think so,’ my great-aunt says staunchly. ‘The English are terrified of her. ’ ‘Not any more,’ my uncle observes. ‘For behold! She is a prisoner, and the cell doors don’t burst open. They know she is mortal now. They saw her with an arrow in her thigh outside the walls of Paris and her own army marched off and left her. ’ ‘But you won’t give her to the English,’ my great-aunt states. ’ My uncle leans forwards to speak confidentially. ‘You take it so seriously? idth="1em"eally think she is more than a mountebank?
The Lady of the Rivers: A Novel by Philippa Gregory