Katherine is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far. She did her research well and brought to life from the dusty pages of history John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford. She also brought ot life the time and enviroment in which they lived. My wife and I both enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
I picked this book up in an audible sale. At first I was surprised to see that it was written in the 50's. so wondered if I would like it at all but went ahead and gave it a try since I like the time period so well. I am thrilled I did. It sure doesn't read like someone wrote it in the 50's. It reads like a Elizabeth Chadwick novel, who is one of my favorite writers. Even though this is a long listen it held my interest from beginning to end. I encourage anyone to try this book. This book reminds me a lot of William Marshall's trilogy by Elizabeth Chadwick.
I read this book when I was 15 and then read it again and again and again. I was curious if it would have the same effect on me 40 years later and it did! I was glued to the story, though I knew it by heart, rooting for Katherine, John and the children. And fascinated by what life was like back then. And strangely enough, I am not otherwise a fan of historical fiction. This is a rare gem, to me.
The headline says it all, but I have to put in a word for the reader of this title, as well. She was absolutely perfect! If you like historical fiction, you will absolutely love this title.
The writing was superb and well researched. The story though rather lengthy, continued to hold my attention as it unfolded, stretching over time and encompassing life changing events. When one realizes that the story was based on a real character, it leaves the pages and elicits reactions that are more in keeping with those to the plight, life, and loves of a person that actually experienced them. The telling of Katherine's story was done so well that in the final analysis it is difficult to determine where reality leaves off and where fiction begins. Bravo!
When Katherine was informed of the fact that her husband was poisoned she turned to a life of penance. I felt compassion for a woman who experienced her own life only through the design and influence of others. A strong woman though she might have been, she was crushed under the weight of a thought that she was unknowingly complicit in the death of the man that she had been arranged as a mere child to marry.
Katherine was my favorite. She had many facets and qualities that continually made her an attractive historical figure.
This is a well told story and a good listen. Of the available novels on Katherine it indeed is the best.