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Constant Princess

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Publisher's Summary

"I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known...and I will be Queen of England."

Thus, best-selling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law's desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years, she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life.

In The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history's most inspiring women and creates one of the most compelling characters in historical fiction.

©2006 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Philippa Gregory is a mesmerizing storyteller." (The Sunday Telegraph, UK)

"When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league." (Daily Mail, UK)

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    wheatenut Manahawkin, NJ United States 03-12-15
    wheatenut Manahawkin, NJ United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite Philips Gregory"

    This has been my least favorite of her novels. It seemed to be very repetitious. The narrator did a good job but there was nothing in the novel that made me eager to get to it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah United States 02-22-12
    Sarah United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2011

    Mom, historical fiction junkie, scientist, commuter who missed the escape of reading & was saved by Audible

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    "Loved it! Narrator amazing!"
    If you could sum up Constant Princess in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, informative, feminist


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strength & determination of Catherine


    What does Jill Tanner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator makes you feel as if you are listening to Catherine herself & you understand more about her intentions & why she was so determined.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were 2 moments that most moved me- when her baby dies & the very end (last paragraphs) of the book when we see her defiance in its full glory.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! I went against the voice put in the back of my mind by some of the other reviewers & bought this book anyway. I ended up loving it & I couldn't get enough & i must say that I'm a very discriminating reader (listener). If something doesn't capture me from the beginning, there's very little hope of me finishing. This book never lost my interest despite some of the other reviewers saying there were parts that they felt dragged on. I also read a lot of reviews that seemed to suggest they disliked the parts of the book where Catherine spoke in the 1st person, but I rather enjoyed those parts. Maybe this book isn't perfectly historically accurate (was she a virgin or not?), but does anyone read historical fiction & expect it to be as *perfectly* accurate as a history book? That's where the

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Horse Rancher 08-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tedious"

    Too long, scenarios often repeated again and again. This reads more like a romance novel. I was disappointed .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia APO, AP, United States 04-15-14
    Alysia APO, AP, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good listen"

    I enjoyed listening to the book on my long commutes. It made the time pass faster.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nikita Savoy 01-22-14

    Love never dies, just changes form~Nikita

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    "Too Loooonnnggg!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Undecided. If she/he was a history buff and EXTREMELY patient, then yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Constant Princess?

    The last chapter.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Add a male narrator.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Taren 03-22-17
    Taren 03-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "And so begins "The Tudor Era"!"
    Any additional comments?

    I could re-read Philippa Gregory's books over & over & over again. And each time I re-read one of them, I always seems to focus on a different aspect of the story which leads me to research deeper into that piece. I have read this book 2-3 times already, but this time around felt different after having read Gregory's newest book "Three Queens, Three Sisters". Because each of her Plantagenet & Tudor books are intertwined, you almost need to read & re-read the books so that you can have a new view going into the book each time.

    "The Constant Princess" kicks off the Tudor era series with Catherine of Aragon, 1st wife of King Henry VIII. It begins with her childhood, continues with her trip to England to wed Arthur, Prince of Whales. After Arthur's death 1 1/2 years later, she is held in England for political reasons, & eventually marries Arthur's younger brother, Henry, fulfilling her life's purpose (as she sees it) to be queen of England.

    Age recommendation: 14 & over

    On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it a 9.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maine Knitter 03-09-17
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    "Well done"

    I like long books. I like historical books. I liked this book. We all know how Katherine's story ends but her life story - if even a bit fictionalized - made for a great book.

    The narrator was spot on. She did a great job.

    The telling of Catalina's early life was interesting. The daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, she was brought up as the Infanta of Spain and, from an early age, the Princess of Wales and future Queen of England. She had to go through a lot to achieve both of those later titles. It's interesting that just the other day I saw an article about whether Prince Arthur could have been impotent. I'm glad Philippa Gregory gave us a different look at their relationship.

    As the book neared the end I felt a bit anxious because I didn't want to read about the pain Katherine was about to undergo. So, unlike many who have commented here, I liked the way the book ended.

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    Ashley Mitchell 03-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "So amazing"

    I've re-listened to this book at least 3 times. It is just so amazing. the strength and courage of Catherine of Aragon is truly inspiring.

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    LovelyLibrary Pittsburgh, PA 01-18-17
    LovelyLibrary Pittsburgh, PA 01-18-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Tedious"

    This story was so repetitive, it made me feel like a lady-waiting-for-things-to-get-interesting. There was so much potential to tell a fascinating story covering the arch of Katherine's life, but the author only really covers up to the first four happy years of her marriage to Henry. The shortened life story seemingly defeats any of the resiliency established over the rest of the novel, rather than demonstrating how it could lead a person through the trials of her life after her marriage to Henry was annulled by the new Church of England. I've enjoyed other Phillipa Gregory novels, but this was so tedious that it will be a long time before I try one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    IN_Erin Sewanee, TN 01-09-17
    IN_Erin Sewanee, TN 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Interesting and Made Me Want to Learn More"
    What did you love best about Constant Princess?

    While I realize it is fiction, it was interesting to learn about this part of history. I love time period pieces. I started digging into this time from a historical perspective just to learn more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Constant Princess. This is her story.


    Have you listened to any of Jill Tanner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Consistency and grace


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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