Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir
The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster

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BONUS: This edition contains a reader's guide and excerpts from Allison Weir's The Lady in the Tower and Mary Boleyn.

Acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life the extraordinary tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became one of the most crucial figures in the history of Great Britain. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had truly begun two years earlier, when she was appointed governess to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III. Widowed at twenty-one, Katherine became John's mistress and then, after many twists of fortune, his bride in a scandalous marriage. Mistress of the Monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time—making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her own destiny. Indeed, without Katherine Swynford, the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different.

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About Alison Weir

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ALISON WEIR is the New York Times bestselling author of many historical biographies, including Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and of the novels Captive Queen, Innocent Traitor, and The Lady Elizabeth. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband.

Author Residence: Surrey, England
Published January 27, 2009 by Ballantine Books. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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Accomplished royal biographer Weir (Queen Isabella, 2005, etc.) delves into a touching medieval love story.

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Of course I bought Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir because of Anya Seton’s historical novel Katherine.

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Weir was inspired to write about Katherine Swynford after reading the Anya Seaton novel "Katherine" as a young girl, she notes.

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