Jennifer (JC-S)'s Reviews > Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

Katherine Swynford by Alison Weir
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Feb 16, 08

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Read in February, 2008

I read this hoping to get a clearer picture of Katherine Swynford (of 'Katherine' by Anysa Seton fame).

I ended up with a much clearer sense of John of Gaunt, Henry IV and Edward III. Which is fine, but not what was intended.

So, do I recommend it? If you have an interest in this particular period of history, this may either augment knowledge you already have or give a starting point. If you're looking for the definitive story of Katherine Swynford - I doubt that such a book can now be written. It's a pity: the snippets of history we have indicate that she was a fascinating woman.
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