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His last duchess

Advantages: Interesting information about life in the 14th century.
Disadvantages: Very little proven fact about Katherine Swynford and a great deal of supposition

...One of my all time favourite books is a novel written way back in the Fifties by Anya Seton about the life of Katherine Swynford who became first the mistress and later the third wife of John of Gaunt. The perceived wisdom at the time Anya Seton's novel ...

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Review of Katherine Swynford - Alison Weir

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Good But Needs A Title Change

Advantages: Easy to read, lots of evidence, learn a lot about historical context
Disadvantages: More about John of Gaunt than Katherine

...A few months ago while browsing around Waterstones I naturally ended up in the history section. While scrolling through the endless list of biographies on men in history I stumbled upon one of Alison Weir's works; Katherine Swynford. The full title of th ...

MentalSarcasm 21.08.2014 · Read full review
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Scandal

Advantages: Well researched biography
Disadvantages: Some gaps due to time period

...As a big history fan I enjoy reading historical biographies, particularly of women. The Tudor period is my favorite but I was also keen to learn about the Plantagenet that preceded them and one of the key characters is Katherine Swynford. Hence this bio, ...

Essexgirl2006 29.10.2013 · Read full review
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Keeping It All Together

Advantages: A good read
Disadvantages: BIt depressing

THE WRITER Brian Thompson was born in Lambeth, London, in 1935. His childhood was divided between Cambridge and Lambeth. Thompson eventually read English at Cambridge, and is also a playwright and biographer. HIS STORY To some extent this belon ...

nubbler 13.06.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Keeping Mum - Brian Thompson

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Is cooking really the new rock'n'roll?

Advantages: Funny, incisive and refreshingly honest
Disadvantages: Might put some people off eating out

A couple of years ago we were told that cooking was the new rock'n'roll. If Anthony Bourdain is to be believed, it's the new punk - it's in your face, sharp as a Sabatier knife and it makes no apologies. "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary U ...

fizzytom 26.02.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

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