Katherine Author:Anya Seton The story of an illicit love that challenged the tyranny of kings. — Katherine was born the daughter of a humble herald, was betrothed to an obscure knight but was loved by a prince. She became the mistress of John of Gaunt, then his wife, and the ancestress of the Tudor Kings of England. The dramatic and brilliantly told story of her... more » life and love is set against the superbly recreated pageant of fourteenth-century England.
Katherine Roet, who came to the court of Edward III at the age of fifteen, found that her fate was inexorably bound with that of John of Gaunt, the king's younger son. She became governess to Gaunt's legitimate children and bore him a family out of wedlock -- a family which was legitimized by their later marriage at the end of a long and passionate relationship. So Katherine, daughter of an obscure Picard herald, became the ancestress to the Tudor kings of England. This novel presents a superb tapestry of the period, a story moving against all the dramatic background of the Fourteenth Century.« less