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The Constant Princess | [Philippa Gregory]

The Constant Princess

Raised on the battlefield and in the most beautiful Moorish palace in the world, sent to England alone at the age of 16 to take her place in a court where she couldn't speak the language, and abandoned and forced to endure poverty after the death of her husband, Katherine remained a woman of indomitable spirit, unwavering faith, and extraordinary strength. Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history's most inspiring women and creates one of the most compelling characters in historical fiction.
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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. The young lovers revel in each other's company and plan the England they will make together. But tragically, aged only 15, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his 16-year-old bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother, Henry; become Queen; and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

Raised on the battlefield and in the most beautiful Moorish palace in the world, sent to England alone at the age of 16 to take her place in a court where she couldn't speak the language, and abandoned and forced to endure poverty after the death of her husband, Katherine remained a woman of indomitable spirit, unwavering faith, and extraordinary strength. Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history's most inspiring women and creates one of the most compelling characters in historical fiction.

©2005 Philippa Gregory Limited. All Rights Reserved; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

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

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    Seasson ROchester, NY, USA 02-16-07
    Seasson ROchester, NY, USA 02-16-07
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    "loved it"

    A wonderful story told from another angle. I was sorry it was so short.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    B. Hillenbrand 02-02-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Silly little book"

    This is a terribly romantic, foolish book which is historically misleading and inaccurate. The book is also horribly abridged, so that events can not be clearly followed. Characters pop in and out of the book without explanation. The plot, such as it is, is difficult to follow because it has been so badly cut. But the biggest problem is that hopelessly romantic view of the world and of early 16th century love and marriage. It was truly a waste of time.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 07-30-09
    Trisha Huntington Beach, CA, USA 07-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Must Read!"

    This is by far the best Philippa Gregory book I have listened to. It is beautifully written and the way she weaves the character of Catherine is outstanding. The perspective of this book was great. There is so much written about Anne, and Elizabeth and they are generally the focus of writings when it comes to the Tudor dynasty, but this glimpse into how it all may have begun is just exquisite!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nik 05-16-08
    Nik 05-16-08 Member Since 2007

    Enjoying audiobooks daily!

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    "Really good."

    This was a really good listen. I wish it were not abridged! The author really gets you involved in the court intrigue, the fight for power, the need for a male heir, and the life of the queen from Spain. I really cared about Queen Catherine. When she is put on trial by her 2nd husband, King Henry of England, I felt her pain. I would suggest this book to start off in the courtly world of Philippa Gregory, then move on to "The Other Boleyn Girl".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim-Marie Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-22-09
    Kim-Marie Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Interesting yes, historically accurate, who knows?"

    We may never know how Katherine truly felt about Arthur or Henry but the book was entertaining enough to make you want to read more accurate accounts of her life. If you liked any of the other Philippa Gregory historicals, you'll like this one just as well. I have to say that Kate Burton's stilted accent was a bit irritating in some stretches. Was it because the character was royal, or does she actually over-enunciate when she speaks? I couldn't be sure. But it wasn't irritating enough to take the joy out of the book. The fact that this book was abridged may have cut out somethings that might have added some richness and depth to the story, but 5 1/2 hours was a good length for the telling of this particular tale.

    1 of 1 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 2012

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    "Fascinating point of view!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lyra B Folsom, CA 12-05-11
    Lyra B Folsom, CA 12-05-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Not what I expected so was very disappointed."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I generally do not purchased abridged books but took a chance as I had though Philippa Gregory was an author who's books were a fairly accurate picture of history. Unfortunately, I do not think hearing the entire book would have made this a good read. I did not care for the narrator at all. She did nothing to enhance the story. Her voice was flat and rather boring.
    The idea of love that we hold today (at least in the Western world) did not exist in Tudor times. Marriages were for alliances and political power. I really cannot believe that the motivation for Katherine was her love for Arthur and her promise made on his deathbed.
    Who ever edited the book for the abridged very did a very poor job. The book moves so slowly in parts but in the last 15 minutes jumps at least 10 years to the end of the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

    I think I will have to read a book from the library first to see if all her books are like this before I will spend money for an audio book again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Burton???s performances?

    No. She gave a very flat performance.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was some insite into the royal house in Spain compared to the royal house in England.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda Santa Fe, NM, USA 02-11-10
    Yolanda Santa Fe, NM, USA 02-11-10
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    "The Constant Princess"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. Kate Burton is a wonderful narrator. I really like Kate Burton I've looked for other books she has narrated. Philippa Gregory has written a trilogy of sorts on this time period, which are all good, but Kate Burton voice adds so much to the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Folsom, CA, United States 12-05-11
    Alison Folsom, CA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Not what I expected so was very disappointed."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I generally do not purchased abridged books but took a chance as I had though Philippa Gregory was an author who's books were a fairly accurate picture of history. Unfortunately, I do not think hearing the entire book would have made this a good read. I did not care for the narrator at all. She did nothing to enhance the story. Her voice was flat and rather boring.
    The idea of love that we hold today (at least in the Western world) did not exist in Tudor times. Marriages were for alliances and political power. I really cannot believe that the motivation for Katherine was her love for Arthur and her promise made on his deathbed.
    Who ever edited the book for the abridged very did a very poor job. The book moves so slowly in parts but in the last 15 minutes jumps at least 10 years to the end of the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

    I think I will have to read a book from the library first to see if all her books are like this before I will spend money for an audio book again.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Burton’s performances?

    No. She gave a very flat performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There was some insite into the royal house in Spain compared to the royal house in England.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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