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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They want their husbands to be brave, wise, rich, generous, obedient to wife, and lively in bed. Where is le noble chevallier of my imagination?

Review: Katherine, Anya Seton vs. Katherine Swynford, Alison Weir

She studied for a while at kathefine Hotel Dieu hospital in Paris before marrying at eighteen and having three children.

It is such a compelling story, I’m not surprised that it has inspired you.

So, who could possibly do justice to Katherine? Kathryn has been a hero of mine all my life.

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Also the historical developments of part of the Years War are explained. I have seen too many of these adapted for the ‘international market where the characters are not truly represented eg Henry Eighth with black hair, still slim and virile in middle age?


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May 11, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: A historical love story based on Engish Royal lineage. But for every bastard child, for every clandestine dalliance in a secluded castle, there are pages of overly detailed description and simplistic writing. These were a group of people who recognised that they were stronger together than they were apart and they changed the face of history.

Couldn’t put it down.

I am worried about this one. Katherine is a historical novel by American author Anya Seton. There has been a lot of research on her since PaperbackRediscovered Classicspages.

I have read both, along with Jeannette Lucraft’s Katherine Swynford: It seems like it has a religious ending – gulp. I find Katherine a compelling read.

View all 12 comments. Possibly, but not only that. Having laid my prejudice for this genre on the table, I wish to say Anya Seton excels at what she does.

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We’ve got crazy mothers-in-law, sniping sisters, arranged marriages, lots of babies being born, strained relationships between a mother and a daughter, Katherine coping with being gasp – the other womangossip, rioting, plague, wars, and royal dramas. While her older sister Phillipa gained a position in the royal court, Katherine through her beauty and charm, beguiled the powerful nobleman John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster, father of Henry IV, and ancestor of most of today’s royal family, through his eventual marriage to Katherine, his long time paramour.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Prolific author Anya Seton fictionalizes Katherine and her relationship with John in the English history is as heavily populated by royal and ducal mistresses as it was with battles.

I remember when a fellow librarian first mentioned Katherine to me.

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Luckily, Alison Weir has just come out with a book about Katherine which may answer my question.