While in a very silly mood nearly a decade ago, myself and a friend bought Katherine by Anya Seton for 75p from a market stall because we. I first read Katherine by Anya Seton when I was 13 – and it still works its magic on me. What about Katherine by Anya Seton, which is based on the life of Katherine Swynford? This is one of my all-time favourite historical novels; it’s absolutely.

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These were a group of people who recognised that they were stronger together than they were apart and they changed the face of history. The book follows her life for over thirty years, and we see her grow and mature, evolve and sometimes devolve.

Chapter 22 – 29 15 33 Sep 29, It’s an amazing story, I loved both books for different reasons, don’t blame you for keeping a back up copy! She began writing in with a short story sold to a newspaper syndicate and the first of her ten novels was published in Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. Katherine Roet is the daughter of a minor knight, she comes to court as a young girl and marries Jatherine Swynford, the knight of Kettlethorpe in the service of John of Gaunt, third son of Edward III.

This is fun to read. Katherine is also considered one of the greatest examples of a historical-fiction love story ever written.


Which story is Seton telling, the one-handed one or the historically astoundingly important one? Katherine is initially married off against her wish to a brutish husband, whose faults include poverty that results from mismanagement of his estates. Kathetine offspring cause the War of the Roses and setin every royal house in Western Europe has some relation to Katherine or John Lancaster.

In contrast to her character, the Duke is a handsome noble yawn.

I didn’t like them all, but Ms Seton’s writing bought them all to life in a way that I was interested in them all. John marries her off to one of his knights then regrets it because he falls in love with her.

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Anya wrote historical romances based on factual history, and her extensive research for her novels is usually noted in any of her bios. The story just drew me to that place. Yes, yes, I know, politics and how kingdoms were made and anyx, well that is how it was done – through battles and marriage and then the bed to produce the needed heirs. Rogue Lawyer John Grisham. May 15, Shelbi rated it it was amazing Recommended to Shelbi by: It was written in and is, of course, of its time — bodice rippers came later.

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Katherine was written inand the language has an old-timey feel to i Unfortunately, this book didn’t quite live up to its 5 star! The point is that we today have no way of knowing “the truth” of John’s or Katherine’s actions, let alone their motivations. Katherine had roughly three children with Hugh, John had had three surviving approx children with Blanche. Jenny This was assigned reading for my high school honors English class in the mid 90’s. In this,my favorite genre, I now have an all time favorite title.


Katherine by Anya Seton (1954, Hardcover)

Soon after that, I inherited the family genealogy and started my research. Retrieved from ” https: Whether dramatic or not, having a mistress was commonplace and often changed the course of history. A Novel by John GrishamHardcover So this book has to be more interesting to those who knows a lot about the various kings and queens and their personal traits.

Oh I know what you mean! A gull mewed again outside the fortress, the fresh tang of the sea crept through the windows to mingle with the warmth of jasmine. With great success we are all true romantics and admires of John of Gaunt. I had to ask myself over and over, “If I lived back then and shared her circumstances, would I have done any better?

It would be an amazing TV series — I watched the White Queen over the summer but this would be even better! Is it just me? Has the bar been set higher in terms of historical accuracy? View all 25 comments.