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

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Paperback 496 Pages / Published: 07/08/2008
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'Weir combines high drama with high passion while involving us in the domestic life of a most remarkable woman in an equally remarkable book' Scotland on Sunday The first full-length biography of an extraordinary love affair between one of the most important men of English History and a thoroughly modern woman. 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.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780712641975
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 364 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Fast-paced, lively and boldly coloured, Weir's book gives us a vivid portrait of courtly life" * Sunday Times *
"Weir combines high drama with high passion while involving us in the domestic life of a most remarkable woman in an equally remarkable book" * Scotland on Sunday *
"Gripping...immaculately researched" * Daily Telegraph *
"Highly enjoyable" * Literary Review *
"Weir's sound scholarship and storyteller's gift for rich, telling detail constantly engages and enthrals the reader" * The Times *

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“Katherine Swynford”

Katherine Swynford was living proof that rich and powerful men do occasionally marry their mistresses. Having been the mistress of John of Gaunt for twenty years, she did, albeit briefly, rise to be Queen. Alison Weir... More

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