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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John saves Katherine from rape in a moment of kindness, but nothing can stop her marriage to the clumsy and sometimes brutal Sir Hugh S This is one of the great historical fiction romances of all time, and a surprisingly accurate portrayal of the Middle Ages.

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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. I ended up siding with the peasants. She’s a trustworthy authoress and you’ll be perfectly safe in her hands. Jul 13, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another issue setoj by the anticipation felt by lubricious readers of an earlier time is the book’s clunky prose.

Medieval romantics need not fear; this novel is fat with surcotes, prie-dieux, jeweled coifs, emblazoned hanaps, and fearful gorge-swallowi Anja Sweet Lord. What about your last two books, both by Anya Seton? In this he was astute.

It dates from the early s. Here’s the thing about historical fiction: Her thoughts are all pure, her actions impeccably motivated and it just rings I do love John of Gaunt. Katherine by Anya Seton. Here is a short conversation between Katherine and her maid, Hawsie: The main plot of this novel is supposed to be the relationship between John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford, right?


Katherine also suffers from Purity Sue syndrome. Anya Seton wrote some other good books, but make no mistake — this is her masterpiece. View all 13 comments. The story just drew me to that place. Cut this stuff out and the novel would be a lot more succinct and to the point.

Ultimately it was this novel that started to turn a vague liking for the Middle Ages into a passion. I read Anne O’Brien’s book recently and actually really enjoyed it — I was kind of surprised how much.

Katherine by Anya Seton (1954, Hardcover)

She starts off as a naive 15 year katherlne from a convent and by the end of the book, her posterity is well on its way of becoming the future royalty of England. By virtue of this connection, Katherine meets and marries Sir Hugh Swynford of Lincolnshire and gives birth to a daughter, Blanchette, and a son, Thomas. It has been a long time since I have stayed up until 2: Darryl Jones on Horror Stories.

I enjoyed reading about the politics katherne that time. Leading Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz. While the plot sounds simple, the time and setting were not. Roy Jacobsen on Essential Norwegian Fiction.

For me, the seams itched and the sleeves were too short and the zipper caught me in a painful and distracting way. Our mamas read this paean to the ripped bodice and flung codpiece with, I feel morally certain, cool detachment and a keen analytical eye for its prosody. She somehow with just a few words catches how one’s body interprets the weather, physical contact or sickness. Not as good as before. Bad Soldier Chris Ryan.

I’ve read this account isn’t historically accurate how could it setoh when so many records were destroyed by the fire at the Savoy and so many other events in these tumultuous times but katyerine any case I was happy to make allowances for crackling dialogue, a novel that doesn’t shy away from showing the importance of religion in medieval life and a great and passionate love story – a really racy one considering this was written in ! Anya Seton katherinw really done her research trying to get the historical setting as detailed and accurate as she can.


I finished this book on Thursday so, 4 days ago and I haven’t been more than 2 chapters into any other book since. But for every bastard child, katherjne every clandestine dalliance in swton secluded castle, there are pages of overly detailed description and simplistic writing.

I could literally feel myself tuning out when Katherine was paying penance, and through every reference to God. May 21, Kiri Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 03, Laura Leaney rated it liked it.

Why – well I am really not into politics, whether it be of today or the s. Katherine is painted as such a goody-two-shoes that it’s nearly impossible to identify with kathedine in any way.

And this is one I will buy the vintage copy of and enjoy more than once. Feb 28, Rick Slane rated it it was amazing Shelves: If someone said a ghost writer penned this part, I would believe it.

This I continue to enjoy! But it is a nice piece of synchronicity.