The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess
The first full-length biography of an extraordinary love affair between one of the most important men of English History and a thoroughly modern woman.
Katherine Swynford was first the mistress, and later the wife, of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster. Her charismatic lover was one of the most powerful princes of the fourteenth century and Katherine was renowned for her beauty and regarded as enigmatic, intriguing and even dangerous by some of her contemporaries.
In her impressive new book, Alison Weir has triumphantly rescued Katherine from the footnotes of history, highlighting her key dynastic position within the English monarchy. She was the mother of the Beaufort, then the ancestress of the Yorkist kings, the Tudors, the Stuarts and every other sovereign since - a prodigious legacy that has shaped the history of Britain.
“Fast-paced, lively and boldly coloured, Weir's book gives us a vivid portrait of courtly life”
“Weir combines high drama with high passion while involving us in the domestic life of a most remarkable woman in an equally remarkable book”
Scotland on Sunday
“Weir's sound scholarship and storyteller's gift for rich, telling detail constantly engages and enthrals the reader”
“Weir combines imagination, good judgement and common sense... Her smooth narrative belies her skill in weaving together incidental facts and cautious surmise”
Independent on Sunday
“Very useful...very informative and good to read”
Journal Reviews Supplement
“For any girl who drooled over Anya Seton's Katherine, here's a grown-up version”
“The mistress and eventual wife of John of Gaunt is brought to life in Alison Weir's new book”