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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Her silver-gilt hair was twined with pearls and she wore her gold and diamond coronet. I remember when she behaved more as a commoner, on May Day festivities when she ran barefoot and frolicked with the others. It’s such an amazing story — for me the fact trumps the fiction but the fiction is great fun too. Katherine by Anya SetonHardcover. I really admired her resilience. I reviewed it here: Our Books See all Books. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption.

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Seton chooses deton use sources more sympathetic to both of her main characters and to discount those that are hostile such as Froissart, who is a much-cited source of information about Katherine and John, hence their generally bad reputation among modern scholars. View all 16 comments. The Duke of Lancaster. The Empathy Problem Gavin Extence. Richard Armitage — now there’s a stunning picture to conjure with and I totally agree. Katherine by Anya Seton A readable copy.

A true love story,sigh! The atmosphere is brilliant, and I felt immersed in the medieval world.


If you do happen to pick it up, it starts off a little slow, but I strongly urge you to keep with katherien. Vanora Bennett on Historical Fiction. The action of the novel moves back and forth between Northumberland, Tyneside, London and America.

This was seen as being largely due to the public disgust at his lifestyle. Log In Members Login.

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There’s no reason to wonder how everything will turn kathwrine when Wikipedia exists. Possibly, but not only that. However, I soon adjusted and this morning I was so eager to find out Katherine’s fate that I was up before 6am, feverishly reading.

John of Gaunt is a fantastic romantic hero and he actually existed! She is one of my favourite women of history. Though kathrrine non-fiction accounts of Katherine, including those by historians Alison Weir and Jeanette Lucraftmake clear that Seton’s various speculations were partly and sometimes significantly incorrect, the novel katherind provide the reader with a reasonably accurate view of medieval Englandlife at court, and the lives of women in the 14th century, along with intelligent and sensitive glimpses of Chaucer, Katherine’s brother-in-law.

By chance, her marriage put her in the path of the Duke, who was struck by her beauty. I felt like that 1 page could have been a whole other book? So the history is correct and small details of how things were done in the s are interestingly and accurately described.

It is this central fact that makes Katherine important: If and when I see an error of fact, I just have to correct it. Pages containing links to subscription-only content Pages to import images to Wikidata.


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Not because I feel he’ll love me any less if don’t but because I want to do little things for someone I love. Colourful wording, and a balance between passionate scenes and descriptive tracing of the events of the life of the incredibly interesting and beautiful Katherine Swynford.

I can always just stop if I really cannot stand it Anys and Reviews Write a review. I was impressed by Alison Weirs’ book,but I always return to my first love and read it over and over. If you are the interviewee and would like to update your choice of books or even just what you say about them please email us at editor fivebooks. He and Katherine publicly renounced their katherone, he returned to his wife and begged her forgiveness and Constance begged his, showing that the guilt was not one-sided.

Their romance was the scandal of the Middle Ages, as for the next ten years he kept her as his beloved mistress and doted on their four illegitimate children – until Katherine unexpectedly broke with him.

It has also made me seriously regret not taking Euro History. Seton offers a brief afterword but does not discus the historical merits or liberties taken katnerine the story. She wrote a wonderful series of historical novels. You have to live with these choices.