Katherine Swynford

  • by Alison Weir
  • Narrated by Judith Boyd
  • 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir is renowned around the world for her chronicles of Britain's royal families. Here she turns her focus to the enigmatic former mistress of John of Gaunt, Katherine Swynford, who would go on to marry her lover and become Queen of England. Through Weir's captivating prose, listeners are treated to a rousing profile of a dynamic historical figure.


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Too much detail, not enough person

I thoroughly agree with this author's love for the book "Katherine" and I was hoping to find out a lot more about Katherine Swynford from this bio.

Sadly, I was unable to stick it out for the entire book, as I soon became bogged down in the mind numbing details such as the origin of her last name, which seems to go on for many pages, or endless review of her genealogy. A little of this is fascinating, a lot is very distancing, there was no sense of the actual person behind all of those facts.

I may go back again and try to make it all the way through, I do admire the writer for doing all of that research.
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- Alexis


I can read some pretty stultifying history-- I eat Gibbon for breakfast-- but this book takes the gold medal. Do I really need to know where John of Gaunt was between August and September of 1369; given that we have NO IDEA what he did there? Or what the (spurious) modern-day value of every single payment made to Chaucer's wife is? The book amounts to a raw distillation of every fact and detail that can be found in the archives on Katherine, her husband, in-laws and children. The fact is, Katherine left behind very little biographical data, but instead of telling us about the interesting events of her more well-documented contemporaries and descendants, we are subjected to every iota of extant information about this obscure personage. I'm sure the source material would make much more exciting reading!
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- Lawrence

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books