Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress

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The Country House Kitchen: Description Katherine Swynford -- sexual temptress or powerful woman at the centre of the medieval court? Show more. Author Jeannette Lucraft. Katherine Swynford by Jeannette Lucraft. Jeannette Lucraft presents this historical biography of Katherine Swynford, a powerful figure in the politics of 14th century England, and an example of how a woman could manipulate the social mores of the time for her own interests.

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More filters. Sort order. Nov 20, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , medieval-history , books-i-own. Wife to the son of a king, mother of numerous important people and the ancestress of many of the royal houses of Europe, Katherine Swynford is someone whose importance to history is not reflected in the documents and written record of the time she lived.

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No letters written by her survive and not even her testament has come down to us. Her grave seems to have been a relatively modest affair, even before it was partially destoyed in the seventeenth century. I think Jeannette Lucraft is right to em Wife to the son of a king, mother of numerous important people and the ancestress of many of the royal houses of Europe, Katherine Swynford is someone whose importance to history is not reflected in the documents and written record of the time she lived. I think Jeannette Lucraft is right to emphasise that in part this is because of Katherine's own discretion.

Katherine was "baseborn", and before her marriage and elevation to the title of Duchess of Lancaster, she was the mistress of John of Gaunt, son of King Edward III, for over twenty years. A key part of Lucraft's work is to deconstruct the hostile references in the monastic chronicles of the time, which contain much of our information of Katherine. She reveals that they reveal very little about her. The entries were ultimately written to criticise Gaunt not Katherine and they use relatively stock phrases - comparisons to Eve, calling her an enchantress and so on.

They are nothing like the targeted attack on Edward III's mistress Alice Perrers, who was at one time impeached in parliament. This lack of information indicates the dignity and discretion with which Katherine carried out her duties and relations within the Lancaster household.

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She does not seem to have had much of a political role, but she possessed enough political skill and perhaps character as well to maintain the goodwill of both kings Richard II and Henry IV in the turbulent political period of the early fifteen century. Lucraft often finds herself forced by the lack of direct evidence having to use information relating to Katherine's family or associates to make her point.

As governess to Gaunt's children, it could be assumed that she was educated to a degree. Lucraft comes as close to proving this as she can with current evidence by pointing out the literacy of her Beaufort children and her Lancastrian step family. It was interesting to read of the close links between the various branches of the family - Katherine's two sets of children from her two husbands and Gaunt's children by his first wife Blanche of Lancaster.

Where information can be more directly inferred - such as her coat of arms, for example - Katherine Swynford does seem to have consciously tried to fashion her own identity. In this case her badge of Katherine wheels was seemingly used to connect her with one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages - Saint Katherine.

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Anyone not used to the limitations of Medieval sources would probably be disappointed by the lack of biographical information provided here. There is also some clumsy language and repetition.

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Almost all the letters of Philippa that are extant were written on behalf of others. If Paon was a favourite in the King's retinue, then it would seem highly likely that the Queen's good and kind nature would have led her to place his daughters in suitable positions" appears on both pages 5 and of my copy with the only changes being one word wrongly inserted, the alteration of the spelling of Paon's name to Payne and "the King's retinue" to "Edward III's retinue" all in the second entry. On the whole Lucraft has written an entertaining book, and one long-overdue.

Dec 04, Katerina rated it liked it. This is a nonfiction book about Katherine, the long time mistress and later wife of John of Gaunt. The author analyzes historical references to Katherine in the contemporary and later sources and I find her conclusions and assertions there overall well founded. There are some repetitions in the book but Mrs. Lucraft deals with the information available, assesses it critically and generally refrains from building theories on pure conjecture, an issue that irritated me when reading Mrs. Yet I give it only three stars. The book that introduced Katherine to most of us — Mrs.

Achieving all these requires numerous qualities but they are mainly soft skills and do not coincide with our notion of active strong individuality. All these are things out of her control and it was not her, but her royal lover who acted bold for whatever reasons.

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Actually I think the whole presentation of her Swynford marriage in the book is a good example of applying contemporary concepts on the matter. There are many reasons to assert that Katherine undoubtedly possessed great discretion but the second part of the saintly appropriation —her piety - is not so obvious. Her wish of having private masses at home could make her look religious, not pious; moreover, the author herself admits it was a kind of a fashion at the time.

Al least in her novel Mrs. Seton has addressed this contradiction in a convincing even though in all likelihood historically incorrect way. But then, Mrs. Aug 08, Finuala rated it liked it Shelves: history , strong-women. Few books have been written about Katherine, apart from Jeannette Lucraft's academic study, Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress and of course Anya Seton's famous historical novel, Katherine, which Weir admits inspired her to write this biography.

Genealogical tables at the end of the book are a valuable point of interest. Recommended for both public and academic libraries. Show a friend this book Enter your friend's email address.