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Constant Princess | [Philippa Gregory]

Constant Princess

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.
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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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    Sharon 11-02-14
    Sharon 11-02-14
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    "Brings History Alive"
    What did you love best about Constant Princess?

    Although not a true historical account, the Constant Princess places you in the atmosphere of King Henry VIII's reign with both personal and geographical truisms.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LeighLeighE Columbus, OH USA 10-07-13
    LeighLeighE Columbus, OH USA 10-07-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Fascinating point of view!"

    Gregory switches between omniscient & first person throughout the book, so that was distracting. Loved it nonetheless.

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    Jeanette Mpls, MN, United States 10-02-13
    Jeanette Mpls, MN, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Repetitive and long winded."
    What made the experience of listening to Constant Princess the most enjoyable?

    Love the story line and the historical fiction.


    If you’ve listened to books by Philippa Gregory before, how does this one compare?

    The story is different but like Philippa Gregory's other books they get a bit long and repetitive after awhile.


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

    Jill Tanner did a great job with the accents, and voice changes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S Wells 05-27-13
    S Wells 05-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A wonderful tale of high aspirations and treachery"

    This book is chronologically the first, but was written fourth. Since I'm reading these in chronological order, it was my first in the Tudor Series. But, the books can be read in any order.

    I always thought of Katherine of Aragon as a dour old woman as depicted in some dusty book I read long ago, but Gregory gives her a rich, full life of honor and service, including her childhood as the daughter of some of the greatest monarchs of the time, Ferdinand & Isabella. Descriptions of Aragon and the Moorish influence on court were enchanting, as were the differences between that European court and the Brits.

    Gregory has a magical way of bringing long-ago history to life -- whether historically accurate or not -- it's a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue El Paso, TX, USA 10-01-12
    Sue El Paso, TX, USA 10-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Constant Princess- Constant entertaining"
    Would you listen to Constant Princess again? Why?

    I enjoyed the story of a woman involved in events that changed the entire world 's history.


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

    The author captures the suffering of the Princess and the cruelty of both Henry VII and Henry VIII.


    What about Jill Tanner’s performance did you like?

    Tanner read the story in a clear and easy voice and cadence.


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

    The woman behind the Henrys.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 09-17-12
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    "Not Much History"
    Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Jill Tanner?

    While entertaining, don't expect a lot of historical accuracy with this one. Most of her other books are much better.


    0 of 0 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

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    Susan 02-19-12
    Susan 02-19-12
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    "Pretty good book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoy history...even a fictionalized version, so I found this book to be diverting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was interesting to read of court life and all the treachery.


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    Chaska 08-07-11
    Chaska 08-07-11

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    "Time Travel Among the Privileged"

    Would that history classes had been as realistic and captivating as this book! Can't WAIT to dive into another decades-full adventure with this author!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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