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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.

Critic Reviews

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

What listeners say about The Constant Princess

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loved it

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

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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.

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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!

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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".

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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.

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Not worth the time nor money

I love the writing and books of Philippa Gregory, but this particular audiobook left me very disappointed. First off the narrator sounded so robotic and boring in her readings. Secondly the audiobook was only 5 hours long definitely not worth the 1 credit or $14 that audible charges you a month. In between chapters is the longest dead space and silence….one starts to wonder if the book is still playing. Lastly the writing is not the same quality of writing one experiences with The white Queen, the lady of the river or even the red queen. I don’t know if audible made this an abridged version and cut out a lot of the book…..if so it shows in the poor quality of the story. I am so very very disappointed that I spent my credit on this audiobook.

Please don’t waste your money on this book…..borrow it for free from the library or borrow the book.

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Abridged version but regular price?!

Felt it was choppy and weird. When it got to the credits is when I found it was abridged. What the heck?

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Abridged version.

I was not aware this was an abridged version when I chose it. The narrator was easier for me to understand than the other choice that was offered. This version seemed rushed.

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Disappointing

There has got to be so much more to her story than what was covered in this ridiculously short book. I really expected so much more after listening to the others in the series.

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Disappointed

The story was too disjointed at the end. From the victory over the Scots to the end is too abrupt an ending leaving out the birth of Mary and the turmoil that ensued.