I was so thrilled to find Katherine on Audible as it is one of my all-time favorite books. The love story between John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford is told beautifully and Wanda McCaddon reads it with the emotion and depth it deserves. Overall, I'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants to read a fictionalized account of a real-life love story.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
The Katherine of the title is Katherine Swynford (1350-1403), an important figure in English history as she is the ancestress of many royal figures, and also, incidentally, sister-in-law to Geoffrey Chaucer, who married her sister Philippa. There are few known facts about what kind of woman Katherine was, which gave Seton plenty of leeway to turn her into a beautiful, strong-willed woman. Married off at a young age to a knight she actively disliked, she nonetheless caught the eye of John of Gaunt, of the House of Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Lancaster, the third son of King Edward III. They were lovers over a great number of years and had 4 bastard children, named Beaufort, and eventually married in 1396, three years before the passing of the duke. While their relationship is at the heart of the novel, it is much more than a romance novel, as Seton did a wonderful job of bringing the 14th century vividly to life with rich detail, and putting the story firmly in the context of important historical events. Strongly recommended for fans of historical fiction and solid narration by Wanda McCaddon, aka Nadia May.
Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt were pivotal to the future of dynastic reign in England. This is a good story and if well researched, still a little too much romance for me.
escape, indulge, enjoy
The meticulous details without being boring. Felt Like I knew the characters and was familiar with the place and time.
No, and I found her pleasant and was part of the story
Katherine, I admire her strength and honesty
I was sad when I finished the book!
The focus of the story is John of Gaunt and his relationship with Katherine. Many episodes of wars, uprisings, treachery, blame and forgiveness pepper the tale of their love and many separations, with stories based on historical events but amplified by the author's skill in storytelling. A worthwhile read.
I read Katherine in the 70's, but I think audio in general is better than the print. Biased a bit here.
The historical relevance of Katherine's life to the monarchy. This is faithful historical fiction, and detail was paramount to believably.
When John kissed Katherine after her wedding, and thought, "Oh,my!"
Probably Katherine herself. She and I have a lot in common, so our dialogue would be relaxed.
This was my first Anya Seton book. I got it on a lark, and I'm so very glad I did. What a great writer. I really enjoyed the love story of Katherine and Robert. It was well told.
Say something about yourself!
Not possible; her complex journey from child to death is riveting
Vivid counterpoint plots of Chaucer, Katherine, John of Gaunt, Tyler's rebellion
Katherine; however her rendition of peasants to nobility is flawless
No; to be savored a couple of chapters at a time
Author and narrator offer the reader a 5 star experience; you'll reread often
Ive read and reread this story since I was in high school back in the 60's....its a wonderful story albeit not entirely accurate....I dont think you will be disappointed...Anya Seton is a great author. I will be re-listening to this again and again, too....