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I discovered the character of Jacquetta when I was working on the history of her daughter, Elizabeth Woodville, who made her extraordinary secret marriage to. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory - Free download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online for free. #1 New York Times bestselling author. Get Free Read & Download Files Philippa Gregory The Lady Of The Rivers PDF. PHILIPPA GREGORY THE LADY OF THE RIVERS. Download: Philippa.

Plot[ edit ] Fourteen-year-old Jacquetta, whose noble family claims descendance from the water goddess Melusine , learns the secrets of her inherited powers from her great aunt Jehanne , the Demoiselle of Luxembourg. Jacquetta befriends Joan of Arc , who is a prisoner at her uncle's castle, but later watches in horror as Joan is burned at the stake by the English-backed church. On their wedding night, however, the Duke explains that he wishes to keep her a virgin so that she may use the powers of her family in their purest form in his alchemical experiments seeking the ability to turn iron into gold. He later dies and leaves Jacquetta a wealthy widow at She and the Duke's handsome squire, Richard Woodville , realize that they have fallen in love, and become lovers.

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She is born into the St Pol family, the rulers of the Duchy of Luxembourg, and witnesses the fate of Joan of Arc while still a girl. Married as a matter of policy to the great Duke of Bedford, it is only when she is a young widow that she can begin to shape her own destiny.

Though she has the Sight, at once a blessing and a burden, she still has to navigate the waters of the English court and attempt to build a stable future for her growing family in a time of great change and increasing danger. Her longed-for marriage to Richard Woodville is a deep and abiding love match but comes at a great cost, and their rise in the world is followed by yet further twists in fortune. Yet Jacquetta Woodville, Lady Rivers, is a unique and powerful character and one who manages to place her family in a key position to survive the forthcoming wars.

Was she right, and what sorts of power would she have been referring to? Do we see the women in the story exercising other kinds of power? Joan of Arc is absolutely certain that her voices come from God. As the story opens, England is ruled by the boy king, Henry VI, as his father has died following his famous conquests in France. Was Henry V an impossible act to follow?

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What kinds of pressure were there on the young Henry VI? And how might things have been different if his father had not died when he did?

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Would most people have thought that at the time and how does that idea seem to us nowadays? Why did England want lands in France? Is this the author giving a nod to the actual but far later historical event of the loss of Calais? Do you think this makes him a man of science or superstition, and is Jacquetta just another scientific instrument?

What does she mean by this and do you agree? Compare the way they cope with this and in what ways it affects their later lives. What sort of mothers do they themselves turn out to be? He and Margaret are also known for the lavish rewards heaped on their favourites.

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So was Jack Cade right to rebel? Should a subject always be loyal to the monarch? Even though Jacquetta realises Elizabeth has the Sight, she is reluctant to pass on the knowledge of how to use it to her daughter. Yet, she does so. Given the danger if they were discovered, should she have done this? Jacquetta and Richard are drawn together by their passionate love and dare to marry against the odds. But what keeps them together, through their many separations, the birth of so many children and the frequent turns in their fortunes and status?

Do you think their relationship changes? What does this night on the flea-ridden mattress teach her? Do you think this comes true? And how did those early days prepare her to survive and even thrive with her family? Everyone likes you. The Lord Mayor of London sends for Jacquetta to act as an intermediary between the aldermen of the city and the queen. Mary Boleyn was a great find and this novel has given rise to three biographies about her, and established her as a historical character instead of being the sister that nobody knew about.

An attractive and charismatic king, Henry quickly created a grand and fashionable court, full of celebration and pleasure. When Katherine cannot give him the son that he needs and his lover's sister Anne Boleyn arrives at court, he decides to take action that will change England and its religion forever.

It was set in County Durham and Morach's cottage was my home for three years. I frightened myself in the writing of it so much that I could only write during daylight hours. But I think it is more than a scary book — I think it is also a consideration of how a woman is to be, and who should be her mentors. Keen to reinforce his position as the new head of the Church and to take advantage of the wealth of the Catholic Church, Henry began the Dissolution — the raiding and wrecking of all of the Catholic convents and monasteries in England.

In this time of religious tensions and instability, belief in witchcraft and the supernatural began to spread throughout the country, causing increasing concern. As a result, King Henry decides to introduce an Act of Parliament making witchcraft punishable by death — and making England a much more dangerous place for a young woman without wealth or family.

What a world I stepped into! My Anne of Cleves, unlike the cliche of the fat Flanders mare, is a pretty courageous energetic survivor, and my Katherine Howard is not a 'slut' as a modern historian has called her but a young girl foolish and vain as young girls sometimes are, but dangerously ill advised and married more or less against her best interests to the most dangerous man in England.

I tackle the enigma of Jane Rochford in this novel too. Nobody knows for sure why she would be complicit in the execution of two queens of England - I suggest madness, but readers must make up their own minds. King Henry needed more sons to secure his line and safeguard the House of Tudor, he looked overseas for this next bride and picked Anne of Cleves but would soon be side-tracked by the young, vivacious Katherine Howard.

The title for this book had to reflect my real admiration for the heroine, and also the challenge she faced — not just to survive, but also to retain her courage and her power and her vision. This is so extraordinary I don't know why we aren't all taught her in schools.

But what to call her fictionalised biography? Of course, I knew that she had to silence her voice and keep her writing secret during the months that Henry suspected her, and so I wanted something that would acknowledge his power over her. This is not trivial or romantic — this is tyranny to a murderous degree. And I wanted something which put her in the bitter context of all the other women who are silenced.

In this way, Kateryn speaks for all who have not been allowed an education, or to speak, or to write. Then I learned that Nicholas Udall, the playwright, had possibly premiered a play before her called 'Ralph Roister Doister' — a play about a household of women with a woman head and their spirited and violent defence against an aggressive bullying man.

Borrowed by Shakespeare and skewed towards male power this became 'The Taming of the Shrew' — the story of a powerful furious woman who submits to an aggressive bullying man. As soon as the king showed his interest in the beautiful widow she had to serve the interests of her family and agree to marry him, become Queen of England and stepmother to his children, and rule England in his absence. I think people love the character of Hannah, who is invented but inspired by the existence of a real female 'Fool' who served Mary I.

If you have a hardback edition you can see the royal picture which is thought to show her in a doorway in the endpapers. Too young to rule, the realm is governed by a Regency Council, led by his uncle, Edward Seymour. Edward has continued his father's reformation of the church and Protestantism is becoming established, however England is still unsettled with rioting and rebellions common.

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Edward was close to and well loved by both of his half-sisters: the Catholic Princess Mary, daughter of Katherine of Aragon and the Protestant Princess Elizabeth, daughter of the executed Anne Boleyn. However, he and his advisors were concerned that should he die without issue, his sister Princess Mary would return the country to Catholicism.

I knew of Jane before I started research but I knew next to nothing about her sisters and it was a lucky guess that there was more behind the sentimental portrait of Jane that took me to the stories of the three of them. I struggled for a title until I had finished the book and then I chose this ambiguous one.

Mary is the last Tudor of the Brandon branch — a fascinating and unknown character to end such a famous line — but Elizabeth is the last ruling Tudor, the throne inherited by a Stuart. But her rivalry and paranoia was too much for her. The stories of the Grey girls show the enterprise and courage of young Elizabethan women who defied two queens, to make their own lives. This is the darkest portrait I have ever seen of Elizabeth — I have responded only to the facts of her treatment of her cousins, who as kinswomen and heirs should have been under her protection but found themselves at the centre of her fears.

The country is ruled by a council of men who jostled for control of the young king. Edward has no male heir, and does not favour his two half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. When I was writing the novel it was widely accepted that she had broken her neck as a result of a fall. It seemed to me that murder was a far more likely cause, and you can read the novel to see who I suspect. It was very exciting when, long after publication, the original documents of her inquest were found showing that she died from blows to the head made by a weapon.

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Amy Dudley was indeed murdered, but we still don't know who was the murderer. Just nine days after she was crowned, Edward's sister Princess Mary had raised supporters and persuaded the Privy Council to switch their allegiance - declaring her the rightful queen and imprisoning Jane.

Queen Mary began to reverse the Protestant reformation of her father, restoring Roman Catholic bishops and persecuting Protestants. Despite several reported pregnancies, Mary's marriage to Philip of Spain produced no children. So on her death, her sister the Protestant Princess Elizabeth succeeded her to the throne. In this novel I looked at her long years of imprisonment and the extraordinary triangle that developed between her, her gaoler the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wonderful wife Bess of Hardwick.

The dynamic between these three makes this novel not just a historical novel about the times but a psychological study of three people trapped together. She is still unmarried, despite considering several suitors and having conducted a love affair with the married Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester — whose wife had then died under suspicious circumstances. With no heir, Elizabeth refused to name a successor — leading to the dissolution of parliament and putting England in a potentially dangerous position.

One possible successor to Elizabeth was her first cousin once removed — the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, whom many English Catholics believed to be the true English heir to the throne. However Mary is under imprisonment in Loch Leven Castle after marrying her third husband James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell — the man widely believed to have earlier murdered Mary's second husband Lord Darnley — and she appeals to her cousin Elizabeth for support.

While I was puzzling about who would be the subject of a fictional biography I was given a book on plant collectors and gardeners and read of John Tradescant. It happened that I visited a garden centre, and tripped and literally fell into a tray of Tradescantia. It was enough of a hint! I started research on John Tradescant and found enough material for two books, and developed an entirely new style of writing: the fictionalised biography. I was honoured with an invitation into a private home and had a long talk about the history of the people.

This book is divided between the two terrible conflicts: colonists against indigenous peoples in America, and royalists against roundheads in England. I met the great historian of the period Christopher Hill and asked him did he think it possible that a man like John Tradescant might leave England to escape the conflict and he laughed and said that any sensible man would leave England in the middle of a civil war - so I felt very justified in my development of John's character and the two locations of this novel of a man divided between two loves.

He has dissolved parliament for the third time and resolved to rule alone. In order to manage the debts generated during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I and fund his overseas wars with Spain and France, Charles repeatedly invented new and re-established obsolete forms of taxation. This during a time when harvests were failing caused widespread poverty and social unrest. Charles had become increasingly unpopular with the English people — his friendship with the assassinated George Villiers Duke of Buckingham had alienated the noble families whilst his failure to successfully support Protestant forces during the Thirty Years' War and marriage to a Roman Catholic French Princess caused suspicion and mistrust amongst his people.

As the country descended into civil war, many chose to emigrate to the recently settled American colonies in search of freedom — despite Charles's attempts to stem the flow. It was very liberating to get away from the royal family and royal palaces and into daily life of aspiring people, hoping to rise from poverty into the New England of political freedoms and opportunities. This was the first time when the people of England united to control the power of the English king and is a turning point for the men, and especially the women of England.

If the king — the father of the nation — could be challenged, then daughters and wives could speak for themselves. The oppression of women, the rebellion of the poor all came from the history of the time, the love of landscape from my own childhood and the fevered sexuality all my own imagination. Unbelievably it was. It sold world-wide in a bidding war and I decided to become a writer.

The 'Tragedy of the Commons' removed previously existing rights of local people to carry out activities.

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Private ownership of land is a modern idea, and was outside the comprehension of most people. The king, or the Lord of the Manor, usually owned an estate, but the people enjoyed all sorts of rights which enabled him, or her, to graze stock, cut wood or peat, draw water or grow crops, on various plots of land at specified times of year.

It was a moment of great gladness when he wrote a generous review praising the novel. The novel scandalised my home town of Bristol which has tried to forget the terrible legacy of slavery, and inspired many black readers to study the history of 18th century slavery in England. In England, the Industrial Revolution is taking hold and radically changing both the environment and society.

Alongside the spread of the Empire across the globe, the transatlantic trade in slaves also increased dramatically, becoming a very lucrative business for ports such as Bristol and Liverpool. The majority of the enslaved people, stolen from Africa by the British, were sold to the plantations of the European colonies, however, a number were also brought back to Britain to be kept or sold as domestic slaves. By the s, some Christians were beginning to question the morality of the trade.

However, the slavers would prove unwilling to give up such a profitable business without a fight. I rewrote it through more drafts than anything since.