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Katherine (Rediscovered Classics) - Anya Seton, Philippa Gregory
Katherine (Rediscovered Classics)
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781556525322 (155652532X)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Pages no: 500
Edition language: English
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Bluebird
Bluebird rated it
5.0 Katherine (Rediscovered Classics)
The incredible love story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gault—ancestors to the Tudor dynasty and the Stuarts. Spanning much of the 14th century, we see Katherine develop from an innocent young girl raised in a convent into a strong and wise woman. Anya Seton writes in such a vividly descriptive ...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
4.0 Katherine
I'd long seen this novel, published in 1954, mentioned as one of the great classic works of historical romance in the same breath as books such as Gone With the Wind, Forever Amber and The Far Pavilions and it's based on a true 14th century romance. It took me a while to get into the book for seve...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 Katherine (Coronet Books)
An interesting read if slow. Everything you ever wanted to know about the age of Geoffrey Chaucer - he even appears as a sideline characters. Interesting
Jill
Jill rated it
2.0 Katherine: The Classic Love Story of Medieval England
Here's the thing about historical fiction: we already know what happened.So the wiles of plot are nullified. There's no reason to wonder how everything will turn out when Wikipedia exists. Okay, then how about the writing? We may know what happens but the author can sprinkle the story with good pros...
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs
Books, Dogs, and Other Blogs rated it
2.0
Where to even begin? I'm not sure that this counts as a spoiler, but I'm hiding it just in case.If I was to summarize the story in two minutes or less, you'd be really intrigued. Don't get me wrong, it's a great story, fantastic characters, and it sets the stage for the whole Tudor empire so it's a ...
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