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Katherine Swynford  was a wife of John Gaunt – the Duke of Lancaster in 14 century. Their marriage came as a quite scandal. She was poor and shy, raised in a monastery by nuns,  but still kinda sensual and warm. She was a Duke’s lover for many years before their marriage.

All the trouble of Katherine and her honest love to the Duke are described in a quote  “Men of title and privilege simply do not marry their mistresses.”

The book describes the years before the marriage of Katherine with the Duke and the second installement of the book concentrates on their marriage and the later children they had mixed with political affairs and the troubles they brought to the lovers’ lifes.

Reading the book and following the story, it definitely depuzzles all the claims to the throne the later heirs of the Plantagenet family.

The descendants of Katherine and the Duke were members of the Beaufort family, which played a major role in the Wars of the Roses. Henry VII, who became King of England in 1485, derived his claim to the throne from his mother Margaret Beaufort, who was a great-granddaughter of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford.

Juggling between romance and history, Anya Seaton  has a sure grasp of the sexual politics of the late Middle Ages.

 

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