reviewed live on show by Corinna Christopher 16th May 2013
A wonderful way to absorb history since I did not know too much about this lady. The time is 1415 and Katherine de Valois , a French princess is about to become a dynastic pawn in relations between England and France. Brought up by a cold and unloving Mother and a father who is loosing his mind she has until her mid teens led a miserable life.
Blessed with good looks and innocence she is married off to Henry He however, is not a loving husband and is more interested in fighting France on foreign shores. In the first year Katherine manages to produce a son but is soon widowed when Henry dies in France victim of a soldier’s disease.
There follows much political intrigue since the Mother of the future king is an important figure. Desperate for love and affection she embarks on a passionate affair with Edmund Beaufort. With the royal dukes circling her person this liaison is doomed to fail.
supervising domestic matters. A handsome dark Welshman who worships the young Queen. Against all the odds they fall in love and in spite of much opposition marry. The young king meanwhile is being brought up away from his Mother.
Katherine and Owen produced several children and their eldest son Edmund married Margaret Beaufort whose son Henry Tudor was the first monarch of the Tudor dynasty
Katherine was a sad figure and little was written about her other than the facts of her brief life. She died at the age of 35 at Bermondsey Abbey where she lived in her last years. In her own words she suffered from “ a grievous malady in which I have been long…..troubled and vexed” It was thought the same illness of her father. She was buried in Westminster Abbey.
lots of interesting notes at the back. A very enjoyable history lesson with lots of passion and drama.