Anya Seton’s Katherine is a well-researched, detailed, sweeping work of historical fiction about Katherine Swynford, whose children with John of Gaunt became the Tudor line in England. The book was published in 1954, and thus does not contain overtly lascivious scenes (a fact which is well pulled off considering the nature of the relationship between Katherine and John). Although some reviewers find the character of Katherine to be thin and saccharine, I thought Seton did a fairly good job of showing different sides of Katherine’s personality in an attempt to explain the actions of a historical figure in light of English culture in the 14th century. In regards to her historical research, Seton even went so far as to only mention servants, retainers, and serfs whose names were included in extant historical records.
Although this book has a more tame feel than many more recently published works, I would recommend it. I saw on Amazon that Alison Weir has also written a book about Katherine, so I may check that out to see how Weir treats her.
Unrelated Update: Jack has been quite ill this week which has kept me from posting, but today he does not have a fever and seems more himself, so we’re hopeful that he’s on the mend! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for him!
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