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

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Not Seton's Katherine

As Weir mentioned, I would sigh when I'd run across my ancient, dog-eared copy of Seton's Katherine - a much loved book that I've kept with me through six or seven moves over the years. When I saw this book - besides being a fan of Weir's (I think I've read most of her...
As Weir mentioned, I would sigh when I'd run across my ancient, dog-eared copy of Seton's Katherine - a much loved book that I've kept with me through six or seven moves over the years. When I saw this book - besides being a fan of Weir's (I think I've read most of her other bios of the same period), I couldn't wait to order it. Not a huge book, but it is well written, enjoyable, however, the one striking thing is that if the reader isn't somewhat versed in medieval history, it can be a little rough, just keeping the names and people straight.
I had studied history at one point in college, and always kept on on late medieval/Tudor history (little weird - pleasure reading for me), and I could see how it could be a little difficult to remember who everyone was, how they were connected.
Overall, I enjoyed it immensely; Weir gave Katherine Swynford a living, breathing form, a woman who seemed to almost live on her own terms in a time when women didn't. Of course, there isn't much information on Katherine, but Weir really did her research, which given some of the sources she needed to look at and delve into, was difficult. Overall, an enjoyable, stimulating book that I will have next to Seton's Katherine on my bookshelf.

posted by 359334 on February 24, 2009

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

too much detail, not enough story

While this is a very well researched book, it gets bogged down in too many details which distracts from the flow of the story. While dates, relationships, theories might be important to scholars, for the average history buff it can be cumbersome

posted by padrejoe on March 2, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Disappointed

    Not what I expected the book to be. I found some parts to be tedious bbut better than taking a sleeping pill to put you to sleep.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Not up to par

    This book was not on par with her earlier writings. Read too much like a school history book. Lack the fluidity of her other novels.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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