Anya Seton, in Katharine (see review from July 6) wrote of John of Gaunt as if he were the Rhett Butler of the medieval era. Allison Weir, in Mistress of the Monarchy, keeps it real by presenting John of Gaunt historically and raw. Yet, the love story of John of Gaunt and Katharine Swynford is one of medieval history's most romantic, enduring, and unusual for its time. Read both books for a fascinating study of an incredible couple who are ancestors of the royal family and five American presidents.
review by Karen Valencia, Northeast