Power Struggle In Philippa Gregory's The Lady Of The Rivers

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The novel The Lady of the Rivers follows the story of a noblewoman, Jacquetta of Luxembourg, during the early to mid-1400s. She enters the world of politics at age seventeen when she is married to the Duke of Bedford. When he dies, she falls in love with and marries a squire, which was not socially acceptable because he was below her rank. However, she eventually regains her position and becomes a close friend and advisor of the queen of England, Margaret of Anjou. However, the country begins to break down as battles between political figures begin. Political and military battles are prominent in the novel as they are centers of conflict throughout the book. Philippa Gregory’s The Lady of the Rivers accurately portrays the extensive power struggle…show more content…
When the dispute was just starting, people were beginning to protest the leaders in place at the time. Men from Cade’s army had rioted through the streets and been threatening to businesses of the commoners, so the men of London gathered together with the royal army and beat back the militia from Kent on July fifth and sixth. In an article focusing on Cade’s Rebellion, the author writes, “the occupation was gentle, and by the 5th the Londoners had had enough. Throughout the night of 5-6 July, the militia of Kent fought the militia of London, reinforced by the garrison of the Tower” (Bohna). The article shows that the research for this section of the book was done correctly because the combination of military forces who fought one another were the same. Both sources say that the royal army and the common men of London worked together towards the common goal of forcing the men of Kent out of the city. The two sources also agree on the dates of the…show more content…
In the book, the royal army and the Londoners pushed the Kentish men back across the river and then raised the drawbridge, which effectively locked them out. After this, the king sent pardons to all of the rebels involved in the battle. This series of events is reflected by an article discussing the rebellion. It says, “having failed in this battle to gain control of the bridge, the captain of the Kentish militia, Jack Cade, negotiated a general pardon for his followers” (Bohna). Both the novel and the source state that pardons were sent out to all of the people who had gone against the government and disrupted town life. This was an important part of history because it showed King Henry VI’s easy forgiveness of all wrongful deeds, no matter the size of the impact they made. This mercy was regarded by most of the political populace as a sign of weakness, and the people who were so easily pardoned did not seem to feel as if the king had any authority over

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