Title: The Lady of the Rivers
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Cousins War
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The White Queen
2. The Red Queen
Date Started: July 30
Date Finished: August 3
Format: Hardcover from local library
In all honesty, I’m very confused as to how this book is the third in the Cousins War series, when in reality it should have been the prequel to The White Queen. This story follows Elizabeth Grey’s mother Jacquetta from the time she was married to the duke of Bedford to when she defied the king and married for love in her groomsman Richard Woodville. It also shows her close friendship with the king and queen of England who are of the house of Lancaster and how they fell.
My summary is very brief, but don’t let that alarm you, a lot of things happen in The Lady of the Rivers which impact the rest of the series. I liked the character of Jacquetta in The White Queen and I loved her even more in this book. It was a real insight to see her roots and how she learned her trade. I found it also interesting that she was the one who put the three charms in the river that Elizabeth pulled and found the ring shaped like a crown, which therefore continued her ‘destiny.’ I always wondered how those strings got there and it was nice to know that my theory was right. But what I found most entertaining in the 435 paged book was how many times she got pregnant by Richard. At least, we now know where Elizabeth got her fertility from.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This book was a little bit more lengthy than I would have liked, with a lot of names to remember, but otherwise it was a good story. I can see now why the town of London turned its back on King Henry and Queen Margaret. They were so fueled by revenge that they didn’t notice the cost.
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