The patchy historical record about the real Katherine Swynford has left just faint outlines, which we can only enhance in imagination with our notions of her beauty, charm and steadfastness of character. When pausing beside Katherine’s tomb, trying to catch distant echoes of a great love set in a glittering courtly society, do we stop to wonder about the woman buried near her in Lincoln Cathedral, her daughter Joan Beaufort? Can we conjure her up in flesh and blood? If even faintly so, can she reveal something of her relations with and feelings about her mother?
Published by Ruddocks Design & Print, Lincoln, Paperback, 22 pages.