amazing story that you'll surely love. it maybe partly fiction but it gave me some idea about Catherine of Aragon and Prince Arthur's side of story.
The presentation of Catherine in this story was so different from that presented in The Autobiography of Henry the VII that I thought it might be a different Catherine altogether. Perhaps no one can ever know if she was indeed a true virgin when she became Henry's wife or a schemer determined to be Queen at any cost and willing to lie about her life with Arthur.
And this book did end rather abruptly before talking about her real struggles after Henry locked her away.
But, did enjoy the story for what it was.
Katherine is such a great character. I enjoyed hearing about her life as a child. Some repetition in this book but well worth it.
It was a good story, though the ending was very abrupt. I enjoyed learning about the characters, but would have more interested in also learning about the trial of Catherine.
This FICTION book has as its premise: "What if Katherine of Aragon had been the true wife of her first husband, Prince Arthur?" It's historically inaccurate, but oh well. I've read multiple history books about the Tudors, and I still enjoyed this story because I wasn't expecting historical accuracy from Phillipa Gregory. It was a fun and engaging listen. The beginning part where it emphasizes her relationship with Arthur does go pretty slowly towards the end (we get it, they're in love), but other than that I enjoyed the storyline. So don't go into this expecting historical accuracy - if you're looking for that, try Alison Weir's historical fiction. But if you don't mind an author who takes liberties with history in order to make a good fiction story, you'll enjoy it.
good book although at times repetitive. a new perspective on Catherine of Arragon. I only wish the book would've seen her life through. there was really very little mention of princess Mary, the Kings great matter, or Catherine's banishment. it was briefly mentioned in the last chapter. but the early years were interesting.
Her later novels of the Tutor dynasty were so much faster paced and engaging. This first one was very slow.