Katherine: The Classic Love Story of Medieval England

Katherine: The Classic Love Story of Medieval England

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by Anya Seton
     
 


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…  See more details below

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556525322
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Rediscovered Classics
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author


Anya Seton was the author of 10 bestselling historical romances, including Avalon, Devil Water, Foxfire, Green Darkness, and My Theodosia. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Katherine: The Classic Love Story of Medieval England [With Earbuds] 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Katherine' is Anya Seton's finest book, which is high praise considering her talent. She is a very fine writer with excellent attention to detail and historical accuracy, as well the ability to make the characters come vividly alive. This is of course a very fine and entertaining story. There is our heroine Katherine, with all of her trials and tribulations, and who finds herself unexpectedly thrust into a turbulent life with a turbulent royal family! It is interesting to note that through the children she had with John of Gaunt, she is a direct ancestress of all of ruling Kings and Queens of England from that time on (and a great many members of European royal families as well)! Katherine made her mark on history in many, many ways. This is an utterly charming and beautiful book. I was about 12 when I first picked it up and was immediately enchanted by the writing, the adventure and the history, and return to it time and time again. The book is peppered with other interesting historical characters - for example Geoffrey Chaucer was married to Katherine's sister, and appears from time to time full of wit and stories. This is a fantastic read. I highly recommend this wonderful story.
flippinwheels More than 1 year ago
It's hard to write about this book without gushing. I love Katherine the book and Katherine the woman. She lives for me first as an innocent young girl, excited by traveling fron the convent where she was raised, then dazzled by the Rock Stars of her age, the Royal Court. Her life changes quickly as she is forced into a loveless marriage to a clumsy soldier. She meets Blanche, wife of the Duke of Lancaster, an event with long-lasting, unforeseen consequences. Katherine lives in a time of religious fervor and turmoil and is very much a product of her time. Although of lowly birth, she becomes ancestress of kings.
PamLMI More than 1 year ago
I first read this at the age of 14, and have re-read it every 2-3 years since (I am now almost 60) and have loaned it out too many times to count. Everyone raves about it. My copy is sentimental (a gift from my mom), and I recently had it rebound. Readers will feel like they really get to know Katherine, and I find something different each time I read it. Also read "World Without End" by Follet - takes place in the same time period, and even has some overlapping characters. Will anyone EVER make a movie of this?! On the other hand, for those of us who have come to know these characters so well, a movie may be disappointing. Don't miss this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in my youth-am still moved by the story
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
A real life Cinderella story, the orphaned daughter of a poor knight becoming a Duchess, via a passionate love affair with a King's son. Lots of drama, heartbreak, and history (though the history part's more than a bit distorted, according to Alison Weir's non-fiction Mistress of the Monarchy).
bamagurlLB More than 1 year ago
One of the best books of all times. I am an avid "Outlander" , "In To the Wilderness" series girl but this is definitely a reread:)
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avidreader93 More than 1 year ago
I came across this book while browsing at random in Barnes & Noble one afternoon, entirely at random. The cover was enticing, and upon reading the words "The Classic Love Story of Medieval England" on the cover, I decided to pick it up. Being partial to both historical romance and Medieval England, it seemed worth at least having on the shelf. I started reading it when I was stuck at a school event and had nothing else to do--dull at first, this book quickly gained momentum, and before I knew it was in love. I simply, literally could NOT put it down. This book is truly life-changing. I wept at the end. The courage- the beauty, the determination of this woman was inspiring. She was beyond her times in many ways. After reading this book, I sought to find out more about this incredible, overlooked figure in history-- You might want to check out historical nonfiction author Alison Weir's book "Mistress of the Monarchy," virtually the only other piece of literature on the subject and, funnily enough, inspired by Anya Seton's own novel. This book has taken the place in my heart of many classics such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights as my favorite book of all time. It is truly wonderful and I hope you choose to treat yourself to such a gem of literature. And afterward check out Anya Seton's other incredible novels!
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winstonDS More than 1 year ago
Katherine has been my absolute favorite book for over 30 years. I have reread it so many times and each reading is as enjoyable as the first. If I could only have two books in my possession they would be my Bible and my copy of Katherine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the very first time maybe 40 years ago and decided to read it again. This is THE book that got me started on loving historical fiction novels in Medievil England. Seton's facts on the historical events are wonderful. I'm not going into detail - you just have to read this wonderful book. Phillipa Gregorys forward is very good as well (she is also one of my favorites).
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Mitzye More than 1 year ago
All time favorite book. I've been reading this book over and over for over 50 yrs and still cry whenever I read it. What I like about this book is that the characters and events really happened. Anya Seton brings them alive for you when you read this book. I recommend all books by Anya Seton.
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