While traveling this weekend, I finished Anya Seton’s Katherine. It recounts the love story between John of Gaunt and his long time mistress (and at the end of their lives, his third wife) Katherine Swynford. In an age of Black Death and war, it is almost surprising to find a relationship built of mutual respect, desire and joy at building a family together. Seton’s writing is evocative unlike some of the exclusively plot-driven historical fiction that is popular today. The book nearly makes the Middle Ages seem romantic!
P.S. A fun fact about Katherine-her sister was married to Geoffrey Chaucer who wrote “The Canterbury Tales.”