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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.
©2007 Alison Weir; (P)2007 Recorded Books LLC
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By Kathryn on 01-10-12

Loaded with facts.

Over all this is a good book. It is loaded with facts. It does bog down with a minutiae of dates and spellings at times, which does detract from the story. It is a book that is better read than listened to.

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By Alexis on 02-02-09

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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By Barbara on 07-20-11

A great book if you like historical detail

I am a little surprised by the negative reviews for this book. It is my 3rd Alison Weir and I liked it immensely. It was rich in detail but never boring. I was fascinated by the unfolding relationship between Katherine and John. It also filled many holes in my knowledge about John of Gaunt; my main impression being based on the Shakespeare speech in Richard II about this sceptered isle. I enjoyed it so much, I am going to spend my next credit on Isabella, she-wolf of France. I also liked the reader, who did not rush it - so I was able to absorb the details and get a fuller picture.

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