Rogue Herries launched the major project of Walpole's life, -- a projected eight volume chronicle of a family, which during 400 years, presented a microcosm of English life, a panorama of English history. The first four volumes dealt with the 18th century; the fifth, The Bright Pavilion, swung back to the 16th century, and this one follows on, picking up the threads of Nicholas Herries' life, and carrying through to his death, and to the conviction of his dullish son, Robert, of being a 17th century isolationist, eager to escape involvement with either King or Parliament. Katherine Christian, who gives the book its title, was daughter of a necromancer, who dabbled in court intrigue -- and was caught. Katherine was beloved by several of the Herries men, but kept herself remote and free, beautiful and loved by many -- until marriage caught her in a web that did not fit her. Then there was Lucy, with her unhappy love affair and worse marriage. And Peter, who loved Katherine -- but loved his country, his God, and his Cromwell too, while the rest of the family stood behind the King. The story leaves many loose threads; some of the sense of Walpole discussing -- on the side -- his plans for the project might have been ironed out had he lived. But as his last work it is sure of an audience among the large followers of the Walpole and Herries' banner.