On this date in our distant family history . . . the 10th day of May . . . in the year 1403 . . . Katherine de Roet dies in Lincolnshire, England . . . her tomb, and that of her daughter Joan Beaufort, are under a carved-stone canopy in the sanctuary of Lincoln Cathedral, but their remains are no longer in them, because the tombs were despoiled in 1644, during the English Civil War . . . this dowager Duchess of Lancaster is currently believed to be a 16th great-grandma of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history timeline . . .
By Sidney Lee:
Katherine Swynford is the subject of Anya Seton's novel Katherine (published in 1954) and of Alison Weir's biography Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess. Swynford is also the subject of Jeanette Lucraft's historical biography Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress. This book seeks to establish Swynford as a powerful figure in the politics of 14th-century England, and an example of how a woman could manipulate the social mores of the time for her own interests rather than just as the sexual temptress that previous writers have portrayed. See also . . .