To celebrate the paperback release of The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory today I am going to spotlight the book for you telling you what it’s about along with a bit about the author who I’m sure we’re all familiar with anyway. I have long been a fan of Gregory’s but my absolute favorite book is The Other Boleyn Girl (my review) although I have enjoyed many more. I haven’t yet had a chance to read The Lady of the Rivers but I do plan on making time soon. I hope you enjoy the spotlight and be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of the post for your chance to win one of two copies!
About The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
In THE LADY OF THE RIVERS, now in paperback, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory masterfully weaves passion, adventure, and witchcraft into the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, who would survive two reigns and two wars to become the first lady at the rival courts of both Lancaster and York.
When Jacquetta is married to the 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 can sense the growing threat from the people of England and the danger of their royal York rivals. As Jacquetta fights for her king and her queen, she can see an extraordinary and unexpected future for her daughter Elizabeth: a change of fortune, the throne of England, and the white rose of York. . . .
About Philippa Gregory (from her website)
She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire where she keeps horses, hens and ducks. Visitors to this site, Philippa Gregory.com become addicted to the updates of historical research and the progress of ducklings.
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 in the primary schools of this very dry and poor African country, and thousands of school children have been able to learn market gardening in the school gardens watered by the wells. The charity also provides wells for womens’ collective gardens and for The Gambia’s only agricultural college at Njawara.
A past 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 also reviews for the Washington Post, the LA Times, and for UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from this website, Philippa Gregory.com.
Watch the video below where Philippa tells the story of Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, a woman who navigates the battle lines in the Wars of the Roses, and becomes the mother of the White Queen. (from Philippa Gregory’s website)
I have 2 paperback copies of The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory up for grabs. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winners on Saturday, April 21/12. Good luck!