This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history--that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and ...
This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history--that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets--Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II--who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.
First read this book about 50+ years ago and have loved it ever since. Finally - my copy litarally fell apart - so was delighted to find a new one on Alibris. Great story, characters, many twists and turns, all based on a true story.
Mar 6, 2014
I think I first read this from the library. It is 3rd person narrative but mostly Katherine's viewpoint. I identified with her completely and knew John really loved her. I ordered it from Alibris. I told my daughter to keep it always when I am gone. Then I lent it to a neighbor and she never returned it. So I ordered it from Alibris again. Seldom in real life is there such a love story and this is history, not fiction. Beloved by me. Both books from Alibris were in perfect condition.
Sep 8, 2011
The fascinating Katherine Swynford
A bit of a bodice ripper but a fine adjunct to Alison Weir's magnificent biography of this amazing woman.
Jul 8, 2010
I enjoyed Katherine by Anya Seton very much. It was published 58 years ago, but could have been published in 2010. I have read many books on the War of the Roses, usually from a Yorkist stand point. This book gave me some insight into the Lancastrians
Oct 19, 2008
Katherine by Anya Seton
It is rewarding when someone we know, or know indirectly in our young life, becomes a prolific writer and many years later we have the collection of stories by this author. So is the case with my association with the Setons when Ernest Thompson Seton, father of Anya lived in New Mexico, was an acquaintance of my family where we resided in the local mountains. My father was a forest ranger, Mr. Seton was somewhat of an environmentalist and they agreed upon many ideas that were still too new for the world. I have enjoyed all of Miss Seton's novels. They are strong, unique in my estimation. She researches well, makes her stories tell the truth, yet keeps the reader wanting to get all the way through without a bit of interruption. I found Katherine to be so well presented that I was happy to have found this lost copy again after many years. The character is believable, compassionate and loving. The love of John Gaunt for Katherine endures despite his station above her in life. And as an incurable romantic,I appreciate her rescue of Cob, her remarkable endurance for a lifetime in a society so ruled by class. I would recommend this as a good read to any student of history, and to any other reader who would loose self in the following of this well-detailed story of life in the fourteenth century.
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