Anya Seton wrote two historical novels with English settings. Katherine is set in the time of Edward III and gives an excellent background for the lead up to the War of the Roses. Katherine Swynford is one of the most remarkable women in history. She is ancestor to both sides of the war of the roses and managed to survive and thrive in a man's world. Anya Seton puts lots of romance in her novels and does it well. She never puts in any false history for the sake of the story. Consequently, when you are done with the book, you are really prepared to understand the period of history covered by the book. I am an English history buff and already knew most of the history in and around this time but Anya Seton fill in the blanks in a very entertaining way, and it makes you remember and understand the major events of the time. It's a really great read.