Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess
Historian Alison Weir's extraordinary tale of an exceptional woman.
Katherine Swynford was first the mistress and later the wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.
Read by Sian Thomas.Theirs was one of the greatest and most remarkable love stories of medieval England.
The death of John of Gaunt's first wife Blanche leaves him devastated, but political expedience dictates that he must marry again.
And when Katherine is widowed, they begin an affair that will last more than a quarter of a century.
Katherine is working in the household of John's new wife.
He has effectively become the uncrowned ruler of England and one of the most hated men in the country.
The Savoy Palace, John's residence, is sacked in the Peasants' Revolt.
To right things in the eyes of God, John feels the only way out is to renounce his mistress Katherine and return to his wife.
John and Katherine finally marry and their Beaufort children are legitimised.