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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kindle Customer 08-15-13
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    "Very pleasant listen"
    If you could sum up Katherine in three words, what would they be?

    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!


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

    Well, naturally Katherine is my favorite, though the inclusion of Chaucer was quite charming. I also liked her performance of John of Gaunt.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Cyndie Stevens 05-25-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Ms. Seton makes you feel like you are there!"

    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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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 03-12-13
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 03-12-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A historic love story"

    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.

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    Nicki 03-11-13
    Nicki 03-11-13

    Listening and loving it!

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    "Great Story, Sympathetically Told"

    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.

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    Janet S. Veta Moorpark, CA USA 03-11-13
    Janet S. Veta Moorpark, CA USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2015

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    "An all time favorite."
    What did you love best about Katherine?

    I loved the detail, the historical perspective, and the character development.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I have just started "listening" to books and this was very enjoyable.

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    Judy Rutledge 03-11-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Beautiful Story"
    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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    "Excellent History Based Novel"
    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
    Tina 02-18-13
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    "Wonderful story"

    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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