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Katherine: A Novel | [Anya Seton]

Katherine: A Novel

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"Seton breathes life into this little-documented historical fact… a glorious example of romance in its most classic literary sense." (The Austin Chronicle)

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    Judy Rutledge 03-11-13 Member Since 2006

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    If you could sum up Katherine in three words, what would they be?

    Classic duke's lady.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Katherine?

    Katherine's initial denial of the duke's love.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Katherine, of course


    If you could rename Katherine, what would you call it?

    No need to rename


    Any additional comments?

    This has been a second life for me. The beautiful language and the reader's skill is the best part for me.

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    Wayne United States 03-11-13
    Wayne United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Katherine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Tina 02-18-13
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    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.

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    Mary United States 01-19-13
    Mary United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Made me feel like a love struck teenager"

    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.

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    John Raleigh, NC, United States 01-08-13
    John Raleigh, NC, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best historical novels I've encountered"

    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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    L. Neumar LI, NY 07-07-12
    L. Neumar LI, NY 07-07-12 Member Since 2006

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    What made the experience of listening to Katherine the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Katherine?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

    Katherine was my favorite. She had many facets and qualities that continually made her an attractive historical figure.


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    Kathryn Salem, MO, United States 01-10-12
    Kathryn Salem, MO, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This a well told story & good listen."

    This is a well told story and a good listen. Of the available novels on Katherine it indeed is the best.

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