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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday's Teaser

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Katherine by Anya Seton~ The Classic Love Story of Medieval England
Product Description

This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history-that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets-Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II-who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king's son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.

I love, love, love this book!!! I am nearly done with it, and sorry to have to finish it. It is especially appealing to me because it is about the Duke of Lancaster, John of Ghent and Katherine de Roet Swynford my 19th great grandparents. What a love story. The perfect combination of romance and history. I never knew much about John and Katherine, and their impact on British history so this has been a sheer delight. I will leave a better review when I am finished, but for now you can't go wrong with this one.

My teasers:

Edmond had spent most of his thirty years docilely obeying and admiring all three of his elder brothers, but particularly this one who was so near him in age, and of whom he was a paler smaller copy, as though fashioned from John's leftover tints which had been insufficient and consequently diluted.

She looked at him sadly, thinking that men saw only what they wished to see, and that it would be no easy thing to conceal their love or the fruit of it.


  1. Good teaser. I have this novel on my shelf for a while now. I'd love to get to it one of these days. I'll be watching for your review. My teaser is here

  2. Grest teaser! And I can totally understand why you'd love this book- I can't imagine how thrilling it must be to have these royals as your ancestors!

  3. I so envy that you go back to find who your 19th Grat grandparents.. and then to top THAT.. they are THEM..

    I have not read this book, but it's been one of the first on my official wish list. I wish my library had this, you would think they would but alas, not so lucky.

  4. This book sounds really interesting! It must be very exiting to read a book about your ancestors.

    I love genealogy, haven't found any royal relatives(yet?). I'm doing some research in The Czech Republic now(my great great grandmother was born there and came to Norway when she was in her twenties, maybe I'll find royal blood there? A girl can hope, can't she? ;) Sorry for blabbering.

    I've read so many great reviews of Royal Blood that I just had to add it to my wish list! I don't think its out in the stores here in Norway just yet.


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