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*Katherine
by Anya Seton | Literature & Fiction
Registered by bookowl1000 of Foshan, Guangdong China on 3/5/2010
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by abigailann): travelling


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Journal Entry 1 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Friday, March 05, 2010

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Journal Entry 2 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Friday, March 05, 2010

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from www.fantasticfiction.co.uk

"Katherine was recently featured as one of the top 100 novels in the BBC's Big Read competition. Set in the 14th century and covering a little known period of English history, it's the story of Katherine Roet, royal mistress and ancestress of kings. Anya Seton has a way of bringing the past so vividly to life that the characters walk off her pages and joined the reader in the room. "

Originally published in 1954 the book tells the story of Katherine de Roet, mistress and later wife of John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. Through her children by John she is the ancestress of just about every Royal English line - Plantagenets, Tudors and Stuarts. 


Journal Entry 3 by bookowl1000 from Foshan, Guangdong China on Sunday, March 07, 2010

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I was on the look out for this bookfor the March read for the Historical Fiction Bookclub. I could not find it so ordered it from the library only to buy a copy for 10p the day after. As I have got the library book I offered it to anyone who wants to read it at the same time.

I added the following comments when I had finished the book.

The thing about a historical novel based on a real person is that you know the major events that happen, it is the authors interpretation of events that I read the book for. There was an interesting perspective of medieval life and in particular a lot of time was spent on the peasants revolt. Overall I did find the relationship between Katherine and the Duke to be believable but I found Setons twee ending a bit sickening. It was like a romance novel: ending with the couple marrying and living happily ever after. Everything was tied up to neatly.

During my house move I found another book by Anya Seton in my collection. I will get around to reading it one day, but am in no rush: Seton has not displaced Jean Plaidy in my heart (she is the queen of historical fiction).
 


Journal Entry 4 by bookowl1000 at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, March 07, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (3/8/2010 UTC) at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom

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Posted to abigailann. It may be necessary to post on to someone else when you have finished, if not you can release it in whatever way you wish. 


Journal Entry 5 by abigailann from Wallingford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 12, 2010

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Received this the other day, ready for reading as part of the History Book Group. Will try to get to it after my current read. 


Journal Entry 6 by abigailann from Wallingford, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, March 19, 2010

8 out of 10


A very interesting read. Not the sort of thing I would have picked up in a bookshop, but I enjoyed the different writing style immensely. It was a real insight into medieval life and their ideals of love, dukedom, the church and serfhood, as well as informing about history at the time.

Reserved for Historical Fiction Book Club Members until the end of the month. Will then be passed on to anyone in the UK who requests it, or put on my release pile. 


Journal Entry 7 by abigailann at Greys Road car park in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 31, 2010

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Released 7 yrs ago (5/31/2010 UTC) at Greys Road car park in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire United Kingdom

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Not released in the carpark exactly, but this was the closed description to where I actually left it.
This book was left hanging from a fence outside the ice house at Grey's Court.



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