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Description - Katherine Swynford by Jeanette Lucraft

Katherine Swynford was a medieval English noblewoman, the daughter of one of Edward III's heralds. Marrying into a leading aristocratic family, she became part of the household of Blanche of Lancaster, and mistress to Blanche's husband, John of Gaunt. She bore him four illegitimate children - from one of whom Henry Tudor was descended - and eventually married him, thus becoming Duchess of Lancaster and step-mother to Henry Bolingbroke, who later ascended the throne. But beyond her starring role as the sexual temptress, the immoral governess who diverted her lover from his political concerns, what can we know about her? Katherine Swynford emerges from this groundbreaking historical biography as a powerful figure in the politics of fourteenth-century England, an example of how a woman could manipulate the social mores of the time for her own interests.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750932615
ISBN-10: 0750932619
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jeanette Lucraft

Jeannette Lucraft is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield, where she was awarded a first class history degree. She lives in West Yorkshire.