Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the classic romance Katherine 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 well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.
©1954, renewed 1982 Anya Seton Chase (P)2011 Tantor
"Seton breathes life into this little-documented historical fact… a glorious example of romance in its most classic literary sense." (The Austin Chronicle)
I have been an avid Audible listener for several years and have listened to hundred of books and have never written a review. This will go down as one of my favorite of all times! A beautiful novel, wonderfully written. I am terribly sad it is over! If your a fan of books such as Pillars of the Earth where characters bewitch you and leave an imprint on your heart, this book is certainly for you.
Accurate, insightful, fascinating
Katherine is my favorite character because she is real. She has faults, but she is tenacious, strong, and usually does the right thing. She was a real person in history who is fascinating.
Katharine and John of Gaunt
Anya Seton is historical fiction right. Her books are meticulously researched and historically accurate, and she brings the characters to life. Her books are mesmerizing. I've read her books numerous times and am now listening to what I can find on audio books. I would love to find My Theodosia and The Turquoise on audio book.
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
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