My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An impoverished widow Lady Katherine Swynford seeks employment with the Duke of Lancaster John of Gaunt. She had been raised by his mother and served his first wife Blanche as a damsel until her death. She is shocked that instead of being offered a place as damsel to his new wife Constanza or in the ducal nurseries he wants her to be his mistress. This goes against all her beliefs so she flees back to son’s estates.
Dire need forces her to risk being compromised by finally accepting a place assisting the new Duchess as she prepares for the birth of her first child. Eventually she gives in to the duke’s advances and becomes his secret mistress. Then not long after the birth of the Duke and Duchess’ child she flees back to her old home. She has a shameful secret to hide. Eventually their affair is discovered and the Duke is forced to repudiate her during the Peasants’ Revolt.
She is forced to retreat to her own property taking their Beaufort children with her. How long will she be forced to stay in exile away from the man she loves?
A great historical drama which sows the seeds for the wars of the roses and the Tudor dynasty.