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People/Characters: Katherine Swynford

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Chaucer's Triumph: Including the Case of Cecilia Chaumpaigne, the Seduction of Katherine Swynford, the Murder of Her Husband, the Interme by Garry O'Connor
The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King by Ian Mortimer
Katherine by Anya Seton
Katherine Swynford by Anthony Goodman
Katherine Swynford by Alison Weir
Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress by Jeannette Lucraft
The Last Knight: The Twilight of the Middle Ages and the Birth of the Modern Era by Norman F. Cantor
Love, Honour and Royal Blood - Book One: Katherine Swynford [Nee Deroet] by Carol Sargeant
Mätressen und Favoriten: Ein biographisches Handbuch by Anna Eunike Röhrig

Character description

Katherine Swynford, née de Roet (1350–1403), was the third wife of John of Gaunt, the powerful Duke of Lancaster, son of King Edward III. Her father was a Flemish herald serving Queen Philippa of Hainault. Katherine was thus fortunate to marry an English knight, Sir Hugh Swynford. She became governess to the daughters of John of Gaunt and then his lover. Considering her utter lack of financial or dynastic importance, it was a surprise that Gaunt married her in 1396. Their 4 children were legitimized by King Richard II and surnamed Beaufort. These individuals and their offspring played a key role in the Wars of the Roses. Katherine's sister Philippa married Geoffrey Chaucer.

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