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Publisher Description

#1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory brings to life the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman of passion and of legend who navigated a treacherous path through the battle lines in the War of the Roses to bring her family unimaginable power.

When the young and beautiful Jacquetta is married to the older Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, he introduces her 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.

The Woodvilles soon achieve a place at the very heart of the Lancaster court, though Jacquetta has visions of the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of their royal York rivals. Jacquetta fights for her king and queen, as she sees an extraordinary and unexpected future for her daughter Elizabeth: a change of fortune, the white rose of York, and the throne of England…

Fiction & Literature
October 18
Atria Books
Simon & Schuster Canada

Customer Reviews

Jennifer Goguen ,

Well written

She draws you into their character that you forget that these were real people. I enjoyed reading it.

Febb1 ,

The lady of the rivers

This book which is intended to describe the loves of two strong women left me feeling disappointed as it had too much detail about each conflict to the point of being boring. Many of ten pages were descriptions of the movement of troops and it read more like a war strategy book than a novels out two historical figures.

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