Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share with us two "teaser" sentences from that page somewhere in the middle
Make sure to share the title and author of the book
NO SPOILERS PLEASE
Katherine by Anya Seton~ The Classic Love Story of Medieval England
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.
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.