Katherine Author:Anya Seton This is the true and hitherto untold story of John of Gaunt, the great Duke of Lancaster, and Katherine Swynford and their love which changed English history. It takes place in the Fourteenth Century during the wane of feudalism and chivalry and the dawn of revolt against Church and State. Knights went forth to battle and the wealth of the cou... more »ntry was poured into foreign wars, while the peasants lived as serfs. When the magnificent Plantangenets - Edward III, the Black Price, and Richard II - ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue, John of Gaunt, the proudest of them all fought for power and lost his heart to Katherine Swynford.
Katherine was an innocent girl of fifteen convent bred, when she came to court to join her sister Philippa, who was waiting-woman to the Queen. It wa Geoffrey Chaucer, Philippa's husband, who first sensed Katherine's disturbing star struck beauty. During the dreary years of her marriage to the impoverished Saxon knight Hugh Swynford, it seemed that Chaucer had been mistaken. But there were many strange and tragic developments in store for Katherine whose illicit love was to bring her shame and bitterness as well as joy.« less