KATHERINE by Anya Saton


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Some parents- and librarians- may hesitate because this is a tale of illicit love between Chaucer's sister-in-law, convent bred Katherine, and Edward, third son of Edward III. Taking that hurdle in our stride, we feel that this is a distinguished book, backgrounded by a vivid picture of Chaucer's England, the 14th century, as it swung from magnificence to dire poverty. The Black Death swept social barriers aside; the peasants won short surcesse from woe at the hands of the weakling boy king. Katherine was 15 when she was summoned to court and married to the ill-favored Sir Hugh, after her heart had been won by John. After Sir Hugh's mysterious death, this attraction flowered into a long lived union, which ultimately ended in marriage after their souls had been cleansed by sorrow and penance, A moving tale.

Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin