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Jacquetta is a main character in Philippa Gregory‘s 2009 novel The White Queen, a fictionalized account of the life of her eldest daughter Elizabeth.[11] In the novel, Jacquetta is portrayed as having indeed dabbled quite a bit in witchcraft, displaying what would seem to be actual power. She is also the main protagonist in Gregory’s 2011 prequel novel The Lady of the Rivers.[12] Gregory’s works explore the historical claim by Jacquetta’s family that they were descended from the water deity Melusine. Gregory uses Jacquetta’s tenuous ties to Melusine and Joan of Arc to further her potential ties to witchcraft. In the 2013 BBC One/Starz television series adaptation The White Queen, Jacquetta is portrayed by actress Janet McTeer.[13]

Jacquetta is also an important character in Margaret Frazer‘s fifth “Player Joliffe” novel, A Play of Treachery (2009). The story is set in 1435–6, after the death of her first husband, John, Duke of Bedford. This historical novel tells a tale regarding her marriage to Sir Richard Woodville. There is no mention of witchcraft in this novel.

Jacquetta is also a prominent character in The Last of the Barons (1843), a novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803–1873). The book’s title is a reference to Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick.