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)
This is a charming historic fiction novel, clearly created to paint a very rosy picture of Katherine. I mean, really, no one is THAT perfect!
Well, naturally Katherine is my favorite, though the inclusion of Chaucer was quite charming. I also liked her performance of John of Gaunt.
If you are interested in British historical fiction, give this a listen. While not an accurate recitation of this time period, it is an excellent escape from the 'here and now' and filled with interesting tidbits about life in medieval England and France.
I have read Anya Seton's Green Darkness, at least 5 times. Her historical fiction is spot on, historically speaking. Her characters and places are so vivid, I feel like I know them and can see them in my mind's eye. Katherine is no different.
I knew that Katherine would be excellent. I was whisked away to the days of Geoffrey Chaucer's England. The story is not about Chaucer per se but the travails of his tragic sister-in-law, Katherine.
Katherine is an amazing heroine. If I understand correctly her character and much of the story line is based on the known history of the time. Many of the people and places I was able to look for and find in history.
Katherine is a love story, a tragedy and a wonderful example of historical fiction.
An excellent read if you enjoy historical fiction and that period in history. I highly recommend it!
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Great reader. The book kept my attention. However, thought I purchased a historical novel and romance not exactly my thing.
Great read for those who do want a romance.
Seton's portrayal of Katherine Swynford is of a strong and resourceful woman who made choices about her own life rather than waiting for someone else to make choices for her. The historical context is well done, and Seton's characters really come alive.
I loved the detail, the historical perspective, and the character development.
I have just started "listening" to books and this was very enjoyable.
Classic duke's lady.
Katherine's initial denial of the duke's love.
Katherine, of course
No need to rename
This has been a second life for me. The beautiful language and the reader's skill is the best part for me.
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.
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