Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

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By (author) Alison Weir

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 32mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712641971
  • ISBN 13: 9780712641975
  • Illustrations note: 16
  • Sales rank: 26,455

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Katherine Swynford was first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. Her charismatic lover was one of the most powerful princes of the fourteenth century and Katherine was renowned for her beauty and regarded as enigmatic, intriguing and even dangerous by some of her contemporaries. In her impressive new book, Alison Weir has triumphantly rescued Katherine from the footnotes of history, highlighting her key dynastic position within the English monarchy. She was the mother of the Beaufort, then the ancestress of the Yorkist kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts and every other sovereign since - a prodigious legacy that has shaped the history of Britain.

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Alison Weir was born in London and now resides in Surrey. Before becoming a published author in 1989, she was a civil servant, then a housewife and mother. From 1991 to 1997, whilst researching and writing books, she ran a school for children with learning difficulties before taking up writing full-time. Her fourteen history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Lancaster and York, Children of England , Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine , Mary, Queen of Scots, Henry VIII: King and Court, Isabella, Katherine Swynford and, most recently Lady in the Tower. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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"Fast-paced, lively and boldly coloured, Weir's book gives us a vivid portrait of courtly life" Sunday Times "Weir combines high drama with high passion while involving us in the domestic life of a most remarkable woman in an equally remarkable book" Scotland on Sunday "Gripping...immaculately researched" Daily Telegraph "Highly enjoyable" Literary Review "Weir's sound scholarship and storyteller's gift for rich, telling detail constantly engages and enthrals the reader" The Times