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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Weir Narrator: Judith Boyd Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781436172578
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Huggins-boyea | 1/17/2014

    " With the minimal amount of information available on Katherine I think Weir did a great job piecing her story together. And showing us how future monarchs are descended from them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/7/2014

    " Katherine was probably more fun to read, but this one was so much less frustrating. I'm glad I read them both. Amazing how much information can be gleaned from so few records. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsaleigh | 1/7/2014

    " If you absolutely loved "Katherine" by Anya Seton, wanted it to never,ever end and have felt a void since you turned that last page...sorry, but this will not fill that void. I am a huge fan of Alison Weir but she sucked the fun and romance right out of the story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/28/2013

    " An interesting read. As usual there really isn't much info about Katherine (like alot of medieval ladies) but the book was still good for background information about the reign of Edward III as well as about John of Gaunt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Boggs | 12/22/2013

    " Despite my love of history, I had a hard time getting into this one. The genealogies reminded me a bit too much of the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Despite the author's best attempts to make inferences based on factual details, there just wasn't enough extant information to make much of a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miranda Kelly | 12/17/2013

    " One of my favourites by Weir. She was the founder and mother of a dynasty. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 12/4/2013

    " I've read quite a few biographies by Alison Weir, but this one was very disappointing. Weir is clearly an exhaustive researcher, but what can one do with a personage whose life is largely speculation and gossip in the first place? In a sense, I give the author credit for producing a book in excess of 300 pages based on so few verifiable facts. After a while, I felt annoyed that Weir was only able to write things like: Katherine must have spent that Christmas with her children, or Perhaps Katherine was protecting her Beaufort children, or She might have felt...." I plan to read the historical fiction book Katherine by Anya Seton, addressed by Weir in the Appendix. At least it is not presented as anything but historical fiction, and given the cast of characters that peopled Katherine's life, it promises to be a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jagad5 | 11/14/2013

    " I've enjoyed many of Alison Weir's books in the past. This one is also good, though parts of it got repetitive. I got interested in this one because one genealogist thinks she may be one of my ancestors. Cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Honore | 11/10/2013

    " Although Alison Weir's research is sometimes suspect (don't read "The Princes in the Tower"!), this is an interesting book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Anderson | 11/4/2013

    " Unfortunately we'll never know what Katherine Swynford looked like, what she sounded like, what her personality was. Ms. Weir does an excellent job with the facts available, but while it was informative, there's no way to really animate such a biography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Princessofwails | 10/2/2013

    " A more scholarly take on Anya Seyton's 'Katherine'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 4/19/2013

    " Love the author...very interesting story, but a lot of dates in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 9/15/2012

    " Excellent-- if a bit repetitive in the language. An unusual subject and well researched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luci | 9/16/2011

    " Not as good as some of her others - this focused primarily on John of Gaunt and Geoffrey Chaucer. She does discuss Seton's Katherine and offers a great chapter on the descendents of the affair. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 4/19/2011

    " not much is known about Katherine Swynford, but Ms. Weir paints as clear of a picture as she can. nicely done with lots of strong sources. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Delilah | 2/20/2011

    " Haven't gotten far into the book. It's more an academic text then a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/22/2011

    " I listened to this book on my ipod. As always, Alison Weir makes history fascinating and as entertaining as fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/14/2011

    " If you loved the book Katherine by Anya Seton, this is the historical account of Katherine Swynford's life. Meticulously researched and pretty interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russamun82 | 12/15/2010

    " I never had heard of this matriarch of kings and queens of Britain. What a refreshing read at history. It also read to Kathryn by Anna Seton. That was a wonderful book too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 11/16/2010

    " A bit dry for Alison Weir and a lot of conjecture as well. However, it is certainly redeeming as presenting a complete look at the middle ages in England and the political intrigue that governed the day (and still does).
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lee Anne | 10/1/2010

    " Didn't finish: very scholarly & not in the mood for so much fine print; fairly obscure figure; lost interest. Pretty cover =) Good photos. "

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About the Author
Author Alison WeirAlison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Innocent Traitor and several historical biographies, including Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband and two children.
About the Narrator

Judith Boyd is an actress and voice-over artist.