Katherine by Anya Seton
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“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.


About Anya Seton

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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.
Published January 1, 2000 by Mariner Books. 516 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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on Dec 29 2009

You'll get a history lesson and one of the greatest love stories of our time.

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These two engaging lovers and the difficulty of their situation continue to haunt me long after I turned the last page.

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Against the turbulent and glittering backdrop of fourteenth-century England, Anya Seton has spun a lusty, uninhibited novel of a forbidden love affair that set the royal houses of Europe aflame with scandal and intrigue.

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on Oct 29 2010

It is an unusual love story, poignant and beautiful.

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