While in a very silly mood nearly a decade ago, myself and a friend bought Katherine by Anya Seton for 75p from a market stall because we. I first read Katherine by Anya Seton when I was 13 – and it still works its magic on me. What about Katherine by Anya Seton, which is based on the life of Katherine Swynford? This is one of my all-time favourite historical novels; it’s absolutely.

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Knight fever: my favourite historical novels

Katherine Paterson Books Publication Year. Unfortunately, most historical fiction authors ktherine to echo the language spoken in days of yore. This is that rarest of things, a real Love Story that changed history. Emily Wilson on The Odyssey.

Katherine by Anya Seton

Dec 16, Melody rated it it was ok. Medieval romantics need not fear; this novel is fat with surcotes, prie-dieux, jeweled coifs, emblazoned hanaps, and fearful gorge-swallowi Oh Sweet Lord.

I have read neither, now I will have to. Chapter 22 – And it is based on a true story! But I do like books that describe a research process and Alison Weir has worked miracles with deductions from account books.

I think I anja follow for a while to see other recommendations. These things made the plot lose its impact to me, although certain parts were quite entertaining and overall this is a fairly good story.


He and Katherine publicly renounced their relationship, he returned to his wife and begged her forgiveness and Constance begged his, showing that the guilt was not one-sided. Their story brought me into the 14thth century, most fascinating! The part that makes me knock the rating down is the segon passage wherein Katherine becomes a guilt-ridden Christian who repudiates her own happiness.

There were peasant riots.

Seton’s research is in-depth, though there are as always with contemporary sources conflicting historical reports of both Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt. Is she your favourite? Weir disagrees, pointing out that what the quitclaim actually meant was that the person issuing it e. After Hugh died, Katherine and the Duke stole away and had their long anticipated love affair. The action of the novel moves back and forth between Northumberland, Tyneside, London and America. And this novel gives us a richly imagined view of what might have been.

Meanwhile, my branch of o I’ve come for you, Katrine This whole, magnificent epic is based on a true story. This was seen as being largely due to the public disgust at his lifestyle.

Thank you so much for this blog, I found it really useful and I have just downloaded Alison’s book, prompted by your comments. Did I mention how much I hate it when romance novels create false tension between their romantic leads katherinw creating Big Misunderstandings that could be easily resolved if said characters would only talk to each other for ten minutes? So myself and my friend spent a rather annoyed half hour or so trying to find the frankly non-existent Rude Bits — Katherine is carried to the bedroom and then mysteriously four children are born in quick succession.


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karherine In fact the general undertone of feeling I had through out this book was a melancholic pity for her. Like, it’s not the kind of romance where it’s all about the couple, all the time, and I start to get pissy if they’re apart for too much of the book.

I cursed the injustice of life in the ‘s and moaned and whined my way through I used to have this poster anga my bed before we moved in together, then later, above the couch in our living room. Aug 28, Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is amazing.

Katherine by Anya Seton (1954, Hardcover)

One of these women whose mere presence and bloodline altered royalty was Katherine Synford. Sometimes the stupidity of Katherine annoys me. If you’ve enjoyed this interview, please support us by donating a small amount.