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Mistress of the monarchy : the life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster

Author: Alison Weir
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Historian Alison Weir brings to life the tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became a crucial figure in the British royal dynasties. Born in the mid-14th century, Katherine experienced the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, and the Peasants' Revolt, and crossed paths with many eminent figures, among them her brother-in-law, Geoffrey Chaucer. At age ten, she was appointed to the household of John of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Katherine, Duchess of Lancaster; John, of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster; John, of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster; Katherine, Duchess of Lancaster
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Weir
ISBN: 9780345453235 0345453239 9781615235278 1615235272
OCLC Number: 232129161
Notes: Originally published under title: Katherine Swynford : the story of John of Gaunt and his scandalous duchess. London : Jonathan Cape, 2008.
Description: xxii, 392 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Katherine Swynford
Responsibility: Alison Weir.

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Historian Alison Weir brings to life the tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became a crucial figure in the British royal dynasties. Born in the mid-14th century, Katherine experienced the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, and the Peasants' Revolt, and crossed paths with many eminent figures, among them her brother-in-law, Geoffrey Chaucer. At age ten, she was appointed to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III; at twelve, she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. Widowed at 21, Katherine, gifted with beauty and charms, later became John of Gaunt's mistress. Throughout their illicit union, John and Katherine were devoted to each other. In middle age, after many twists of fortune, they wed, and her children by John, the Beauforts, would become direct forebears of the Royal Houses of York, Tudor, and Stuart, and of every British sovereign since 1461 (as well as four U.S. presidents).--From publisher description.

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