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Katherine by Anya Seton
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May 05, 11

bookshelves: book-club, fiction
Read in April, 2011

This historical fiction tells the love saga between John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster) and his mistress, Katherine Swynford. Apparently, much of the British royal family came through their lineage. I enjoyed learning the history and culture of this time period (14th century), but felt that Seton's desire to include so much of it got in the way of a moving plot line. All the long descriptions made the story drag continually. It did peak my interest to know how much of the story was true, and Seton did a great job of sticking to the facts. It was an interesting love affair, with a satisfying conclusion, just too long.
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