The Constant Princess

The Constant Princess I am Catalina Princess of Spain daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever knownd I will be Queen of England Thus bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforg

I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever knownd I will be Queen of England Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines Katherine of Aragon Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten the ench I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever knownd I will be Queen of England Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines Katherine of Aragon Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten the enchanting princess that all England loved First married to Henry VIII s older brother, Arthur, Katherine s passion turns their arranged marriage into a love match but when Arthur dies, the merciless English court and her ambitious parents the crusading King and Queen of Spain have to find a new role for the widow Ultimately, it is Katherine herself who takes control of her own life by telling the most audacious lie in English history, leading her to the very pinnacle of power in England.Set in the rich beauty of Moorish Spain and the glamour of the Tudor court, The Constant Princess presents a woman whose constancy helps her endure betrayal, poverty, and despair, until the inevitable moment when she steps into the role she has prepared for all her life Henry VIII s Queen, Regent, and commander of the English army in their greatest victory against Scotland.

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  1. Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins War now known as The War of the Roses and a new era for the acclaimed author.Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks Visitors to her site, PhilippaGregory become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page facebook PhilippaGregoryOfficial

538 Reply to “The Constant Princess”

  1. Ah, Philippa Gregory You lured me in with The Other Boleyn Girl, which I knew was kind of trashy, but still couldn t put it down TOBG was like eating cupcakes while watching SVU re runs Paradise The Constant Princess, however, was like eating Doritos while watching Grey s Anatomy I really wanted to like it, but really, it just made me want to barf The problem, dear Philippa, is that just as Henry VIII liked his ladies, you seem to love italics You write whole pages in italics, which in my opinio [...]


  2. 2.5 starsThose of you familiar with all things Tudor already know the basics of the long suffering Katherine of Aragon and the husband who dumped her when she couldn t produce a male heir Those who aren t might consider this review rather spoilerish so consider yourself warned That said, since the author skims through a big chunk of the latter part of Katherine s life and The King s Great Matter , I wouldn t recommend this for newbies as you ll be scratching your head at the end wondering what i [...]


  3. I m going to start out by saying 1 I love historical fiction and 2 I loved Margaret George s, The Autobiography of Henry VIII with notes by his fool Will Sommers one of my fave books of all time So when I have the opportunity to go back to Kind Henry VIII s court I do I ve read the Other Boleyn Girl, I ve read Elizabeth I by Rosamund Miles to learn about the time after Henry VIII, etc.Therefore I was really looking forward to learning about Henry s first wife, Katherine of Aragon.The Constant P [...]


  4. A very entertaining and engaging story, lively than Jean Plaidy s Katherine trilogy Even though I found Plaidy s books a bit on the dull side, I m glad I read them to complement Gregory s take on the young Katherine Most of the HF I ve read about Katherine shows her in her times of trial during her second marriage, where she comes across as a long suffering and pious cow, an object of scorn and pity Even as a younger girl, she comes off as a bit of a drip and killjoy, as if she was born old wit [...]



  5. If King Henry VIII s wives have any consolation, it is that they are remembered and honored far in death than they were in life there were six wives, and now there are dozens of books about them But The Constant Princess begins at the beginning with the first wife, Katherine of Aragon, whose unfortunate life did not include the birth of a son and heir to King Henry VIII It is that perceived fault of hers that inspired Henry to seek sport in the arms of other women, and provided us with some sal [...]


  6. Firstly, let me say that the thing I like about Philippa Gregory s novels is that she is an Historian, first and foremost She has studied the people she writes about in great detail You cannot take people like Catherine of Aragon and fashion some carte blanche story about her there are facts and documentation which must be adhered to She brings this fascinating woman to life for us teaching us as we read Philippa Gregory gives the reader such a keen sense of this woman this Catalina, Infanta of [...]


  7. This review is for the audiobook version of The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, published by RecordedBooks.Audio 5 The audio for this novel is performed by Jill Tanner, a stage actor and voice talent from Britain She does a fabulous job with this recording, speaking very clearly and precisely The narration is really only told from Katherine of Aragon s perspective, so there is very little need for voice changing, but Ms Tanner is able to perform Henry and Harry etc in such a way that the [...]


  8. I am completely fascinated by this time period It is like reading a soap opera It also helped me to understand how King Henry could be so cruel and it made me sad for Queen Katherine This was a beautiful love story and a story of perseverance I loved the descriptions of the spanish court It certainly made me glad that I am not royalty.


  9. It is difficult to know where to start with this review Perhaps by highlighting one of the most pertinent points The novel is written alternately from third person and first person point of view Usually, a scene will occur written in the third person, followed by an internal monologue from Catalina s character about the events which have just occurred Is this poor writing, or does this continuous switching of views work within the story The premise sets off alarm bells that the story may seem co [...]


  10. A near constant bore Catalina is the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, the Spanish Infanta, betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the throne of England From childhood she was prepped for her queenly position she grows up alongside a battlefield, in the splendid palace in Spain, until she is sent to be married to Arthur And thus begins the life of the future Queen Katherine of Aragon.Despite their flaws, I rather enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and The Quee [...]


  11. This was actually the second attempt I made at reading this book The first failed about fifty pages in I simply couldn t buy the premise Apparently there are some things that are obviously what happened in Gregory s brain, but that seemed like huge, wildly improbable conjecture to me and many other readers I don t want to go into it in detail, so as not to spoil the plot, but basically, Gregory took historical events and assigned feelings and motivations to the major players that seemed complete [...]


  12. I don t care how historically inaccurate this story may be, it totally swept me up and I loved it and I m not usually one for historical romances I read this two years ago and I just remember feeling all warm and fuzzy and then heartbroken and angsty as I went on this journey with Katherine of Aragon Favorite book of the Tudor Court series by far reading the Other Boleyn Girl after this felt like a big disappointment.


  13. This book is, in my opinion, Gregory s best novel Some historical fiction can be a little too tawdry for my taste But don t get me wrong, tawdry is awesome as long as it s accompanied by some substance I can sink my teeth into Gregory s novels can lose this balance every now and then and she is sometimes guilty of repetitive phrases that can force your mind to wander I did not notice these pitfalls in this particular novel There are, of course, passionate love scenes because what hf would be com [...]


  14. For me, Gregory s big problem is point of view Her first person narratives are fantastic, but her third person ones suck Here is an interesting combo The Constant Princess is written mostly in third, but with about just as much in first person asides that aren t really justifiable in any way Are they journal entries from the protagonist, Katherine of Aragon Just musings Often, the narratives overlap, which could be interesting, but really just comes off as jarring I don t really get what she s t [...]


  15. I generally love Philippa Gregory I do not apologize for taking great pleasure in going to visit historical places like a fly on the wall and peeking into the way those lives might have been Most of time, I can feel that Gregory s version might have been true, because she sticks very close to the facts and only interpolates feelings and emotions to make the characters human Somehow, I felt she went off the rails in this one I even had cause to doubt the accuracy of her history view spoiler I can [...]



  16. Let me start by saying this If you hated The Other Boleyn Girl for it s lack of exciting events and boring pace, good luck getting past page 100 of The Constant Princess.Now, I m no fan of Philippa Gregory To be honest, I HATE the way she writes She spins in circles, repeating the same crap over and over again She includes tons of unneeded fillers Ugh I simply read her books because I like the history.After enjoying The Other Boleyn Girl, I went on to the Boleyn Inheritance, finally deciding to [...]


  17. Nakon Bijele kraljice, ovo je druga knjiga koju sam itala od P Gregory i uz ovu sam knjigu shvatila za to je Gregory na samom vrhu pisaca povijesnih romana , s posebnim zanimanjem za dinastiju Tudor iju je povijest iscrpno istra ila.Knjiga je izvrsna, pokazuje nam Katarinu Aragonsku u potpuno drugom svjetlu od onoga u kojem je obi no prikazuju kao pobo nu, stariju kraljicu koja nije eljela zanijekati svoj brak s Henrikom VII i time mu omogu iti enidbu s Ann Boleyn, a do koje je ipak do lo znao j [...]


  18. DNF Sorry, nope, I can t do this When I saw this at the library and all the rave reviews it got I thought this would be an interesting take on Catherine of Aragon s story To me, she is one of the most interesting of Henry s wives, and I thought it would be fun to read a totally different theory about who she was Sadly, it didn t work for me I thought I could get around to the idea that a woman so insanely devout would risk her soul by lying, but it turns out I just can t It s an interesting idea [...]


  19. Filled in the gaps and questions I had about Catherine of Aragon before she was Henry VIII s wife She lead a very interesting life and had much steel and ambition than I d imagined I liked Prince Arthur too and I wondered how history might have changed if Henry had never inherited the throne Gregory doesn t give us an entirely accurate account of Tudor history No one can be certain if Catherine s first marriage was ever consumated but I liked the angle that the author went with this I certainly [...]


  20. Although The Constant Princess has never been recommended to me specifically, the enthusiastic response to The Other Boleyn Girl Gregory s most well known novel was enough to encourage my purchase of it a couple of years ago She is touted as a fabulously emotive historical fiction writer, and yet my initial response was to discard it after I had read the first couple of pages Roll on 18 months, and my recent second attempt at ploughing my way through was barely underway before I remembered what [...]


  21. Who is this woman, whose fame rests on her inability to produce a male heir for Henry VIII In this book the author attempts to envision her life.The first part is credible The author describes how Catalina, the child of Spain s powerful co monarchs, could have developed a belief in her destiny From this seed, Ms Gregory builds the case for a steely purposeful woman who affects all the airs of the monarch she aspires to be and exudes its sense of entitlement This is the attitude and the outlook s [...]


  22. This is me This is my moment This is my battle cry I m going to begin this review by saying that you should take my star rating with a grain of salt because this genre is not for everyone Historical Fiction is now one of my favourite genres, even though I haven t read much, because of its pacing, character development, and plot This genre is not for everyone It can be incredibly slow, assumes the reader has knowledge of actual historical events, and at times not much happens in terms of plot sin [...]


  23. My son gave me this book for Christmas I haven t read any Philippa Gregory books before, but have wanted to read them.Before reading this book, I didn t know much about Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII s first wife This was a fascinating look at her life, and I was reading about her on also The author s interpretation of events was fascinating, I knew this was a fictionalised version of history It was also interesting reading about life in King Henry s court.The switching between 1st and 3rd pers [...]


  24. In this book, Philippa Gregory tells us the story of Katherine of Aragon, a Spanish princess who became Queen of England The story begins with Katherine still know as Catalina as a child, growing up in the battlefields while her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, drove the Moors out of their country She had been bethroted to Arthur, the eldest son of Henry Tudor and Elizabeth, almost since her birth Still a teenager, Katherine travelled to England to marry Arthur and become Princess of [...]


  25. I enjoyed this view of a younger, passionate Katherine of Aragon While I know better than to assume it is historically accurate, I enjoyed this tale I especially enjoyed reading about Granada and the Moors Although, I think the author should have gone forward to the end of Katherine s life I know her later days have been well covered, but it was a bit of a cop out to leave out so much of her story.


  26. This is me, conceived in a camp by parents who are rivals as well as lovers, born in a moment snatched between battles in a winter of torrential floods, raised by a strong woman in armor, on campaign for all of my childhood, destined to fight for my word against another s born to fight for my name for my faith and for my throne.Following Anne Boleyn, Katherine of Aragon or Catalina, depending if you want the Anglicized version of her name or the original Spanish version is one of the better know [...]


  27. I gave this book 3 stars so, I liked it I would have rated it higher if she had edited some of the parts where she tended to ramble on and expand on the parts that seemed to begin and end abruptly The Constant Princess is the story of Katherine of Aragon aka Catilina, Infanta of Spain and her betrothal to Henry s older brother, Arthur She is quite determined to become the Queen of England even at a very young age she knows it is her destiny, something she has been conditioned for her entire life [...]


  28. Philippa Gregory uma escritura inglesa conhecida pelos seus romances hist ricos que abordam a dinastia Tudor Um reinado que foi marcado por muitas intrigas e trai es E que a emblem tica figura de Henrique VIII provocou um pouco de repugnar o com Catarina de Arag o que conhecemos esta dinastia Uma mulher determinada que nunca perdeu a coragem e nem desistiu do seu sonho de ser Rainha de Inglaterra Filha de da rainha Isabel e do rei Fernando de Castelo, desde de crian a soube as estrat gias e as d [...]


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