History Literature / Katherine

23rd Feb '16 2:23:01 PM roxana
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** Blanchette has fond memories of her father Hugh, unlike her mother.
23rd Feb '16 2:13:47 PM roxana
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** While both Pica and Chaucer willingly accepted their arranged match, their relationship was never better than tepid and they eventually settled into an amicable separation as each pursued his/her career in different royal retinues.
12th Jan '16 2:42:55 PM TheLuckyCat
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* AndroclesLion: Katherine saves a serf, Cob, from the stockades when she returns to Hugh's manor. When that same manor is set on fire by rebels, Cob rescues a near-unconscious Katherine from the building and takes her to the nearby village.


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* BerserkButton: The rebels press John's when they publicly accuse him of being a changeling child. He goes on a RoaringRampageofRevenge until his stepsister summons [[MoralityPet Katherine]] to calm him down.


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* IAmNotPretty: Early on in the novel, Katherine bemoans her reddish-blonde hair and small breasts. [[HelloNurse The men she meets don't seem to share the same view.]]


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* MyGreatestFailure: Katherine still searches for Blanchette years after she disappears. [[spoiler: Blanchette had been in a Coventry all along and does return at the novel's end, after finally forgiving her mother, when she had previously blamed her for Hugh's death.]]


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* StatuesqueStunner: Katherine is mentioned as being willowy and slender, though John is still OneHeadTaller.
15th Oct '15 9:35:33 PM aerojockey
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* CoolBigSis: Queen Blanche behaves like one towards Katherine, inspiring the girl's devotion to her.

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* CoolBigSis: Queen Duchess Blanche behaves like one towards Katherine, inspiring the girl's devotion to her.
13th Oct '15 3:11:08 PM TheLuckyCat
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* AffectionateNickname: Geoffrey Chaucer calls his wife 'Pica', mostly to save on confusion.
** John's pet name for Katherine is Katrine.



** Averted with [[spoiler: Blanchette]], who avoided her unwanted arranged marriage by [[spoiler: catching scarlett fever]] and then [[spoiler: running away delirious and joining a convent]].

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** Averted with [[spoiler: Blanchette]], who avoided her unwanted arranged marriage by [[spoiler: catching scarlett fever]] and then [[spoiler: running away delirious deliriously and joining a convent]].convent]].
* AssholeVictim: Hugh Swynford's death sounds painful, but it's hard to mourn him.



* BigDamnHeroes: John prevents Hugh Swynford from molesting Katherine the first time they meet and has him punished accordingly, though Hugh still marries Katherine later.
** And again when the Duke shows up just in time when Katherine, abandoned by her servants, gives birth to Blanchette and a crazed Lady Nichola tries to run off with her, only for John to show up and stop her at just the right moment.



* [[CluelessChickMagnet Clueless Dude Magnet]]: Katherine has a lot of men enchanted by her beauty, but she only has eyes for the Duke.
* CoolBigSis: Queen Blanche behaves like one towards Katherine, inspiring the girl's devotion to her.



* ControlFreak: Katherine's sister Phillipa

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* ControlFreak: Katherine's sister PhillipaPhillipa.



** Elizabeth is one as well, and John is noted to be fonder of her than he is of Philippa, his oldest.



* EmoTeen: Blanchette. Constanza of Castile is older than a teen but ''very'' Emo.

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* EmoTeen: Blanchette.Blanchette, though she has good reason. Constanza of Castile is older than a teen but ''very'' Emo.



* GoldDigger: Alice Perrers, who actually steals rings off the King's fingers just after he dies.
* GreyEyes: Katherine's grey eyes are often commented upon, and Blanchette is the only one of her children who inherits them.
* HairTriggerTemper: There are multiple mentions of the infamous Plantagenet temper, particularly John's.



* HeroesWantRedheads: The Duke of Lancaster, Hugh Swynford, and Roger de Cheyne, all skilled warriors, have a thing for the redheaded Katherine. On the other hand, Creator/GeoffreyChaucer the poet isn't really interested.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Blanche, the Duchess of Lancaster, John of Gaunt's first wife
* JerkAss: Hugh Swynford

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* HeroesWantRedheads: The Duke of Lancaster, Hugh Swynford, and Roger de Cheyne, all skilled warriors, have a thing for the redheaded Katherine. On the other hand, Creator/GeoffreyChaucer the poet isn't really interested.
interested, as he was in love with Blanche.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Blanche, the Duchess of Lancaster, John of Gaunt's first wife
wife.
* TheIngenue: Katherine, at first, as she grew up in a Coventry and knew nothing of the court.
* JerkAss: Hugh SwynfordSwynford.



** Philippa is a strict and rather insensitive woman.



* LoveTriangle: Katherine, John of Gaunt, and Hugh Swynford

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* LoveTriangle: Katherine, John of Gaunt, and Hugh SwynfordSwynford.
** And one with Geoffrey Chaucer, Philippa and Queen Blanche. Nothing ever comes of it, but it's clear Geoffrey isn't particularly in love with his wife.



** Alice Perrers, to King Edward, and a shameless one at that
** Katherine, to John of Gaunt, during his second marriage
* NeatFreak: Again, Katherine's sister Phillipa

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** Alice Perrers, to King Edward, and a shameless one at that
that.
** Katherine, to John of Gaunt, during his second marriage
marriage.
* NeatFreak: Again, Katherine's sister PhillipaPhillipa.



* OldRetainer: Gibbon, to the Swynfords

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Katherine, upon realising [[spoiler: how much she's neglected Blanchette after she collapses from scarlet fever.]]
* OldRetainer: Gibbon, to the SwynfordsSwynfords.
* ParentalHypocrisy: Katherine is angry and embarrassed at Blanchette's resistance to her ArrangedMarriage, but much earlier in the novel she reacted similarly when courted by Hugh Swynford.



* RoyalBrat: UsefulNotes/RichardTheSecond, so very much

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* RoyalBrat: UsefulNotes/RichardTheSecond, so very muchmuch.



* ShotgunWedding: Katherine's middle-class friend Hawise is only allowed to marry her boyfriend after she gets pregnant

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* ShotgunWedding: Katherine's middle-class friend Hawise is only allowed to marry her boyfriend after she gets pregnantpregnant.
* SilkHidingSteel: Katherine grows into this, eventually.



* TakingTheVeil: Blanchette.

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* TakingTheVeil: [[spoiler: Blanchette.]]



* UnwantedSpouse: Poor Hugh Swynford, and poor Constanza of Castile - though the latter at least gets a happy ending.

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** It's also noted John is often irritated by his oldest daughter, Philippa, but he dotes upon Elizabeth and his bastards.
* UnwantedSpouse: Poor Hugh Swynford, and though he did try to rape Katherine when he first met her, so her disdain for him is understandable. And poor Constanza of Castile - though the latter at least gets a happy ending.
17th Aug '15 10:12:33 PM phoenix
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** Teenage Blanchette has a lot of MommyIssues that come to a head when an older boy she has a crush on clearly prefers Katherine... and then she overhears a friar accuse her mother of murdering her father. [[spoiler: Katherine and Duke John didn't know till that moment that Hugh, her husband was murdered by a PoisonousFriend of the Duke's]].

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** Teenage Blanchette has a lot of MommyIssues FreudianExcuse that come to a head when an older boy she has a crush on clearly prefers Katherine... and then she overhears a friar accuse her mother of murdering her father. [[spoiler: Katherine and Duke John didn't know till that moment that Hugh, her husband was murdered by a PoisonousFriend of the Duke's]].



%%* FreudianExcuse: John of Gaunt and Blanchette



* MommyIssues: John of Gaunt and Blanchette
18th Nov '14 12:32:41 AM Patachou
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** Anything worn by RichardTheSecond.

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** Anything worn by RichardTheSecond.UsefulNotes/RichardTheSecond.



* RoyalBrat: RichardTheSecond, so very much

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* RoyalBrat: RichardTheSecond, UsefulNotes/RichardTheSecond, so very much
25th Sep '14 2:42:50 PM roxana
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* BastardBastard: The Beauforts' 'tainted' birth makes their future problematic despite their royal blood. John fixes everything by marrying their mother.
25th Sep '14 2:01:46 PM roxana
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* PatronSaint: Katherine is shown praying and making vows to St. Katherine her name saint and patroness. Later John dedicates a chapel to the Saint in thanks for Katherine's survival.
25th Sep '14 1:31:51 PM roxana
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* HeelRealization: Face to face with his tearful young wife after the horrors of the Peasants' Rebellion John of Gaunt abruptly realizes what a total heel he's been towards her, and worse to their child. He gets better.
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