Katherine

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 1, 2000 - Fiction - 512 pages
35 Reviews
“An inspiration and the benchmark by which I judge historical novels.” — Alison Weir

"A glorious example of romance in its most classic literary sense: exhilarating, exuberant, and rich with the jeweled tones of England in the 1300s." — Austin Chronicle



Katherine is an epic novel 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 affair persists through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. Anya Seton's vivid rendering of the lives of the Duke and Duchess of Lancaster makes Katherine an unmistakable classic.

 

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User Review  - PhilSyphe - LibraryThing

This lengthy novel was pleasurable yet did not match my expectations having read much hype about it. This is largely because of too many over-descriptive passages and digressions from the main ... Read full review

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Katherine by Anya Seton tells of the extraordinary life of Katherine Swynford (1350 - 1403), who rose from being a daughter of a lesser knight to become one of the leading ladies of the land. She was ... Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE 13661367
1
PART TWO 1369
155
PART THREE 1371
223
PART FOUR 13761377
279
PART FIVE 1381
389
PART SIX 13871396
541
Afterword
593
Back Cover
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Spine
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ANYA SETON (1904–1990) was the author of many best-selling historical novels, including Katherine, Avalon, Dragonwyck, Devil Water, and Foxfire. She lived in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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