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Publisher's Summary

Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to parents who are both rulers and warriors. Aged four, she is betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, and is raised to be Queen of England. She is never in doubt that it is her destiny to rule that far-off, wet, cold land. Her faith is tested when her prospective father-in-law greets her arrival in her new country with a great insult; Arthur seems little better than a boy; the food is strange and the customs coarse.

Slowly, she adapts to the first Tudor court, and life as Arthur's wife grows ever more bearable. But when the studious young man dies, she is left to make her own future: how can she now be queen, and found a dynasty? Only by marrying Arthur's young brother, the sunny but spoilt Henry. His father and grandmother are against it; her powerful parents prove little use. Yet Katherine is her mother's daughter and her fighting spirit is strong. She will do anything to achieve her aim; even if it means telling the greatest lie, and holding to it.

Philippa Gregory proves yet again that behind the apparently familiar face of history lies an astonishing story: of women warriors influencing the future of Europe, of revered heroes making deep mistakes, and of an untold love story.

©2005 Philippa Gregory; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK

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Excellent Book

I love this book and the narrator. This is a fantastic story, filling you with feels and the difference in the narrators voice brings this story to life. The Spanish accent for La Infanta of Spain is wonderful and adds so much to the story. :D Highly recommend it!

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  • Glenys
  • Hallam, VIC, Australia
  • 01-31-10

Audio irritating.

Having enjoed Philippa Gregory's work in the past, The Constant Princess perhaps is not a bad novel, but the audio I found extremely irritating.

The 'Princess" has a Spanish accent (which is fitting) which was rather annoying, made all the more so by the echoing sound the voice made when we hear her thoughts.

This is one book I would have preferred to read rather than listen to.

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  • Carli
  • 05-12-17

Another great story

loved it. shorter than some others i have spent credit on but very enjoyable

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  • Nischi
  • 09-16-16

would love to hear the whole version

glorious performance, love her novels and really would like to hear the whole story. very much enjoyed.

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  • A Lily
  • 02-21-15

Cut short

No, did not meet my expectations. My least favourite Phillipa Gregory book. Cut short expected more. Good narrator, loving accent.

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  • nicola
  • 01-18-15

I love philippa

The narrator was brilliant and I loved the book. I love all philippa gregory books.

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  • Brooksies
  • 02-26-14

A constant joy!

What made the experience of listening to The Constant Princess the most enjoyable?

Samantha Bonds voice added something extra to this book. I already have a lot of physical copy's of Philippa Gregory's books but listening to it was even more enjoyable and relaxing.

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

It was (as ever with the Philippa Gregory's books) nice to see the well knowns story of King Henry VIII trough the female eyes of Catlina.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Difficult to say, it took me a while to write this review...

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Catalina's story

Any additional comments?

Definitely also check out other Philippa Gregory's books and also look at Alison Weir Lancaster and York if you enjoy historic novels, Alison's book is even more historically correct.

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  • Glenda
  • 07-02-14

Great

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is so full of history, mystery and intrigue I enjoyed it so much

What other book might you compare The Constant Princess to, and why?

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