Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Katherine, Anya Seton (1953)

Before reading this book, I had never heard of Katherine Swynford and her lifetime lover-turned-husband John of Gaunt, both ancestors of the Tudors, so I became eager to read it, especially after reading the positive reviews on Anya Seton’s accurate historical research. 

Katherine de Roet was a young girl who grew up in a convent because her father and mother had passed away during the Black Death and her sister was taken to live as a lady in waiting to Queen Philippa of Hanualt, queen of England, because their father was a knight of her retinue.  As Katherine became of a marrying age, fifteen, she too was sent to the court since she didn’t wish to become a nun.