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Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster

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In her remarkable new book, Weir recounts one of history's greatest love stories: the extraordinary tale of Katherine Swynford, an exceptional woman ... Show synopsis

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pickkitty

Mistress

by pickkitty on Apr 13, 2012

An excellent biography of a much misunderstood woman. Very well researched with much detailed. However, not quite as engrossing as the fictonalized version.

Tubester

none....

by Tubester on Oct 12, 2011

A decent enough book about Katherine,BUT for a REALLY ENTERTAINING book about her life, none is better than Anya Seton's 'Katherine"--one of my favorite historical fiction books of all time.

Judith L

What a gal!

by Judith L on Sep 8, 2011

This is a very learned and extremely well researched book detailing the life of the fascinating Katherine Swynford - no detail is omitted, which can sometimes mean it's a bit heavy going. You can't read a book like this without looking at the various family trees and this book includes them all and in great detail; an excellent portrait of someone who is usually just on the periphery of history. You'll be surprised to know who her descendants are!

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BruceHH

English History

by BruceHH on Jan 17, 2010

This work is an interesting history book. Using a royal mistress as the frame upon which 'biographies', political acts, and descriptions are laid, Alison Weir has written an interesting book. Rather than a straight biography of Katherine Swinford, the author provides more of a history of the late 14th and early 15th century by discussing those people and places to whom the 'subject' was connected. Detailed Architectural and geographical descriptions of castles, tombs, houses and towns provide a background upon which the political acts, marriages being primary among those acts. That is to say, until relatively recently in history marriage was more a political and property issue than a result of love. However, as regards Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, true love wins out in the end, if only for a brief period.

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