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Katharine Swynford Trilogy Order Options

Some readers may wonder why the author has chosen to publish Love, Honour and Royal Blood in this less traditional way. The reason is very simple. Having spent 30 years researching the lives of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford I did not want an editor changing things to conform with known rules of what sells a novel.…

The Index

Many people ask me who and what is covered in the first book of Love, Honour and Royal Blood.  “A lot!” is my answer.  So here I give you a glimpse of the breadth of topics covered, by way of the Index:



Arundel, Richard: 234, 235, 249, 250, 269, 331

Beaufort, Henry: 292, 338

Bishop of London: 294

Black Plague: 66,…

John and Katharine speak of poetry

As if to reward Katharine for putting her own wishes aside and thinking of others, fate conspired to grant her a wish she would never have dared to hope for – she was granted a reprieve on her return to Kettlethorpe. Hugh brought her the news himself. He looked embarrassed and slightly flustered as he stood before her, cap in hand, feet shuffling like a small boy.…

Friends and Family of Katharine Swynford

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer was married to Philippa de Roet, who was Katharine’s sister. This means, or course, that Chaucer was related to Katherine Swynford, and was her brother-in-law.John WycliffeJohn Wycliffe was Katharine’s friend, and probably the person who had the most influence on Katharine Swynford’s life.

Thomas Sutton &  John de Warsop

These two men were colleagues and friends who often appeared together in Katharine’s life.…

A man about to make his mark on history

Before Katharine was fully awake, she instinctively moved to snuggle into the warmth that was John’s body. His arm came around to enclose her as he sought her lips with a kiss that demanded her submerged senses awaken and respond.

The result he achieved was more than he had bargained for, so he laughed. “We must needs get up Katharine.…

Katherine or Katharine?

Because spelling was not standardized in the 14th Century, each scribe wrote words the way that they sounded to him.

In the documents written in Katharine’s own time, (many of which John of Gaunt dictated to his scribes) her name was spelled many different ways, including: Kateryn Swynford and Kateryne Swynford.  Swynford is also sometimes spelled Swinford as in Katherine Swinford or Katharine Swinford.…