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Philippa Gregory's third Cousins' War historical novel (after The Red Queen and The White Queen) tracks the fascinating story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg (1416-1472). Born to aristocracy and related to the English royal family, she first married the John of Lancaster, the Duke of Bedford, best remembered today as the prosecutor of Joan of Arc, whose execution Jacquetta witnessed. Still a teenager at her husband's death, she defies convention and ignores the king's will by secretly marrying a squire. This alliance of love produces sixteen children; one of them, Elizabeth Woodville, becomes the Queen Consort of King Henry IV. Gregory follows Jacquetta with sympathy and historical fidelity; indeed, modern readers will be heartened that her story's human issues have not blurred over time.