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Katherine Swynford: the story of John of Gaunt and his scandalous duchess

Katherine Swynford: the story of John of Gaunt and his scandalous duchess

Weir, Alison

Alison Weir recounts one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England. It is the extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman, Katherine Swynford, who became first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Vintage, 2008

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Statement of responsibility: Alison Weir
ISBN: 0712641971, 9780712641975
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2007.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-309) and index.
Physical Description: xvii, 366 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), col. ports. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Great Britain History Edward III, 1327-1377.; Great Britain History Richard II, 1377-1399.; John, of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, 1340-1399.; Nobility Great Britain Biography.; Katherine, Duchess of Lancaster, 1350?-1403.

Author note

Alison Weirlives and works in Surrey. Her non-fiction books includeThe Six Wives of Henry VIII,Children of England,Eleanor of Aquitaine,Henry VIII: King and Court,Mary, Queen of Scots,Katherine SwynfordandElizabeth of York.Her novels includeInnocent Traitor,The Lady ElizabethandA Dangerous Inheritance.


"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