Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

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Random House, Mar 28, 2011 - History - 384 pages
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Katherine Swynford was first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. Her charismatic lover was one of the most powerful princes of the fourteenth century and Katherine was renowned for her beauty and regarded as enigmatic, intriguing and even dangerous by some of her contemporaries.

In this impressive book, Alison Weir has triumphantly rescued Katherine from the footnotes of history, highlighting her key dynastic position within the English monarchy. She was the mother of the Beaufort, then the ancestress of the Yorkist kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts and every other sovereign since - a prodigious legacy that has shaped the history of Britain.

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Thoroughly researched and, alas, thoroughly dull. - Goodreads
And Weir really is an amazing writer. - Goodreads
Wonderfully researched, and beautifully written. - Goodreads
So not very easy to read, but interesting material. - Goodreads
Meticulously researched and pretty interesting! - Goodreads
An unusual subject and well researched. - Goodreads

Review: Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

I had heard of Katharine Swynford and this book explored her life through excellent research by Alison Weir. It opened up a few more historical sites to visit which I have added to my ever growing list. Read full review

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User Review  - Jane Walker - Goodreads

It can't fairly be called a biography, since so little is known about Katherine as a person, and Weir has to make do with rather dry records from which to extract her story. But I did learn a great ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court,Mary, Queen of Scots, Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England, Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess and the novels, Innocent Traitor and The Lady Elizabeth.

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