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Philippa Gregory
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The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #6)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  130,368 Ratings  ·  4,151 Reviews
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, bestselling 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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 28th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 2005)
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Lavinia Sirbulescu I had no idea who Philipa Gregory was and I did not know a thing about Herny VIIs 6 wifes..until one evening when my native Spanish teacher introduced…moreI had no idea who Philipa Gregory was and I did not know a thing about Herny VII´s 6 wifes..until one evening when my native Spanish teacher introduced me Juana La Loca..sister of Catalina de Aragon. I was so fascinated on the spot by the fantastic, magic touch of the history (I used to hate history or find it dull) so I went further with the trip back.
I discovered Diana Uribe and her videos on youtube, great storyteller, dynamic and organised. You may check yourself the story of the 6 wifes of Henry the VIII here:

I personnally am looking forward reading the whole series of Philipa and then go for the 3 books series about the War of the Roses, by the same author.

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Bethany Jane I think this is something Gregory does really well. I've read her Cousin's War series and was amazed at how the voice came across, much better than…moreI think this is something Gregory does really well. I've read her Cousin's War series and was amazed at how the voice came across, much better than some other historical fictions I've read in the past. (less)
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alana Semuels
May 07, 2008 alana Semuels rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Philippa Gregory. You lured me in with The Other Boleyn Girl, which I knew was kind of trashy, but still couldn't put it down. TOBG was like eating cupcakes while watching SVU re-runs. Paradise. The Constant Princess, however, was like eating Doritos while watching Grey's Anatomy. I really wanted to like it, but really, it just made me want to barf. The problem, dear Philippa, is that just as Henry VIII liked his ladies, you seem to love italics. You write whole pages in italics, which in my ...more
2.5 stars

Those of you familiar with all things Tudor already know the basics of the long-suffering Katherine of Aragon and the husband who dumped her when she couldn't produce a male heir. Those who aren't might consider this review rather spoilerish so consider yourself warned. That said, since the author skims through a big chunk of the latter part of Katherine's life and "The King's Great Matter", I wouldn't recommend this for newbies as you'll be scratching your head at the end wondering wha
Aug 20, 2007 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to start out by saying 1) I love historical fiction and 2) I loved Margaret George's, The Autobiography of Henry VIII with notes by his fool Will Sommers (one of my fave books of all time).

So when I have the opportunity to go back to Kind Henry VIII's court I do! I've read the Other Boleyn Girl, I've read Elizabeth I by Rosamund Miles to learn about the time after Henry VIII, etc.

Therefore I was really looking forward to learning more about Henry's first wife, Katherine of Aragon.

A very entertaining and engaging story, more lively than Jean Plaidy's Katherine trilogy. Even though I found Plaidy's books a bit on the dull side, I'm glad I read them to complement Gregory's take on the young Katherine. Most of the HF I've read about Katherine shows her in her times of trial during her second marriage, where she comes across as a long-suffering and pious cow, an object of scorn and pity. Even as a younger girl, she comes off as a bit of a drip and killjoy, as if she was born ...more
The Book Maven
If King Henry VIII's wives have any consolation, it is that they are remembered and honored far more in death than they were in life--there were six wives, and now there are dozens of books about them. But The Constant Princess begins at the beginning--with the first wife, Katherine of Aragon, whose unfortunate life did not include the birth of a son and heir to King Henry VIII. It is that perceived fault of hers that inspired Henry to seek sport in the arms of other women, and provided us with ...more
B the BookAddict
May 18, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction, Tudor history lovers
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: Goodreads
Shelves: hist-fiction

Firstly, let me say that the thing I like about Philippa Gregory's novels is that she is an Historian, first and foremost. She has studied the people she writes about in great detail. You cannot take people like Catherine of Aragon and fashion some carte blanche story about her; there are facts and documentation which must be adhered to. She brings this fascinating woman to life for us; teaching us as we read.

Philippa Gregory gives the reader such a keen sense of this woman; this Catalina, Infa
Apr 07, 2009 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am completely fascinated by this time period. It is like reading a soap opera. It also helped me to understand how King Henry could be so cruel and it made me sad for Queen Katherine. This was a beautiful love story and a story of perseverance. I loved the descriptions of the spanish court. It certainly made me glad that I am not royalty.
Feb 13, 2011 Iset rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Philippa Gregory
Recommended to Iset by: No one

It is difficult to know where to start with this review. Perhaps by highlighting one of the most pertinent points. The novel is written alternately from third person and first person point of view. Usually, a scene will occur written in the third person, followed by an internal monologue from Catalina's character about the events which have just occurred. Is this poor writing, or does this continuous switching of views work within the story? The premise sets off alarm bells that the story may se
Crystal Starr Light
"A near-constant bore"

Catalina is the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, the Spanish Infanta, betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the throne of England. From childhood she was prepped for her queenly position; she grows up alongside a battlefield, in the splendid palace in Spain, until she is sent to be married to Arthur. And thus begins the life of the future Queen Katherine of Aragon.

Despite their flaws, I rather enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and The
May 24, 2007 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This was actually the second attempt I made at reading this book. The first failed about fifty pages in: I simply couldn't buy the premise. Apparently there are some things that are "obviously what happened" in Gregory's brain, but that seemed like huge, wildly improbable conjecture to me and many other readers. I don't want to go into it in detail, so as not to spoil the plot, but basically, Gregory took historical events and assigned feelings and motivations to the major players that seemed co ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
I don't care how historically inaccurate this story may be, it totally swept me up and I loved it-- and I'm not usually one for historical romances. I read this two years ago and I just remember feeling all warm and fuzzy and then heartbroken and angsty as I went on this journey with Katherine of Aragon.

Favorite book of the Tudor Court series by far-- reading the Other Boleyn Girl after this felt like a big disappointment.
This book is, in my opinion, Gregory’s best novel. Some historical fiction can be a little too tawdry for my taste. (But don’t get me wrong, tawdry is awesome as long as it’s accompanied by some substance I can sink my teeth into). Gregory’s novels can lose this balance every now and then and she is sometimes guilty of repetitive phrases that can force your mind to wander. I did not notice these pitfalls in this particular novel. There are, of course, passionate love scenes (because what hf woul ...more
Dec 10, 2007 Celia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, Gregory's big problem is point of view. Her first-person narratives are fantastic, but her third-person ones suck. Here is an interesting combo: The Constant Princess is written mostly in third, but with about just as much in first-person asides that aren't really justifiable in any way. Are they journal entries from the protagonist, Katherine of Aragon? Just musings? Often, the narratives overlap, which could be interesting, but really just comes off as jarring. I don't really get what ...more
Sotiris Karaiskos
Για την Philippa Gregory έχω ακούσει πάρα πολλά και ξέρω ότι είναι μία από τις δημοφιλέστερες συγγραφείς στο χώρο του ιστορικού μυθιστορήματος, ως τώρα όμως δεν είχε τύχει να διαβάσω κάποιο βιβλίο της. Η ευκαιρία μου δόθηκε τώρα που είπα να ρίξω μία ματιά στην περίφημη ιστορία με τις γυναίκες του Ερρίκου του 8ου, οπότε έπιασα το πράγμα από την αρχή με αυτό το βιβλίο για την Αικατερίνη της Αραγωνίας.

Μπορώ να πω ότι στην αρχή μου άρεσε πολύ. H σχεδόν ονειρική περιγραφή της Iσπανίας και της επιρρο
Kristen "Kirby"
Let me start by saying this: If you hated The Other Boleyn Girl for it's lack of exciting events and boring pace, good luck getting past page 100 of The Constant Princess.

Now, I'm no fan of Philippa Gregory. To be honest, I HATE the way she writes. She spins in circles, repeating the same crap over and over again. She includes tons of unneeded fillers. Ugh. I simply read her books because I like the history.

After enjoying The Other Boleyn Girl, I went on to the Boleyn Inheritance, finally decidi

Sorry, nope, I can't do this. When I saw this at the library and all the rave reviews it got I thought this would be an interesting take on Catherine of Aragon's story. To me, she is one of the most interesting of Henry's wives, and I thought it would be fun to read a totally different theory about who she was. Sadly, it didn't work for me. I thought I could get around to the idea that a woman so insanely devout would risk her soul by lying, but it turns out I just can't. It's an interesting
Apr 29, 2013 Katie.g rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Filled in the gaps and questions I had about Catherine of Aragon before she was Henry VIII's wife. She lead a very interesting life and had much more steel and ambition than I'd imagined. I liked Prince Arthur too and I wondered how history might have changed if Henry had never inherited the throne. Gregory doesn't give us an entirely accurate account of Tudor history. No one can be certain if Catherine's first marriage was ever consumated but I liked the angle that the author went with this. I ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Robyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although “The Constant Princess” has never been recommended to me specifically, the enthusiastic response to “The Other Boleyn Girl” – Gregory’s most well-known novel – was enough to encourage my purchase of it a couple of years ago. She is touted as a fabulously emotive historical fiction writer, and yet my initial response was to discard it after I had read the first couple of pages. Roll on 18 months, and my recent second attempt at ploughing my way through was barely underway before I rememb ...more
Morana Mazor
Oct 26, 2014 Morana Mazor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nakon Bijele kraljice, ovo je druga knjiga koju sam čitala od P. Gregory i uz ovu sam knjigu shvatila zašto je Gregory "na samom vrhu pisaca povijesnih romana", s posebnim zanimanjem za dinastiju Tudor čiju je povijest iscrpno istražila.
Knjiga je izvrsna, pokazuje nam Katarinu Aragonsku u potpuno drugom svjetlu od onoga u kojem je obično prikazuju (kao pobožnu, "stariju" kraljicu koja nije željela zanijekati svoj brak s Henrikom VII i time mu omogućiti ženidbu s Ann Boleyn, a do koje je ipak doš
Who is this woman, whose fame rests on her inability to produce a male heir for Henry VIII? In this book the author attempts to envision her life.

The first part is credible. The author describes how Catalina, the child of Spain's powerful co-monarchs, could have developed a belief in her destiny. From this seed, Ms. Gregory builds the case for a steely purposeful woman who affects all the airs of the monarch she aspires to be and exudes its sense of entitlement. This is the attitude and the outl
Oct 21, 2015 Nadine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is me. This is my moment. This is my battle cry."

I'm going to begin this review by saying that you should take my star rating with a grain of salt because this genre is not for everyone. Historical Fiction is now one of my favourite genres, even though I haven't read much, because of its pacing, character development, and plot. This genre is not for everyone. It can be incredibly slow, assumes the reader has knowledge of actual historical events, and at times not much happens in terms of p
Jun 29, 2014 Cat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, ebook
In this book, Philippa Gregory tells us the story of Katherine of Aragon, a Spanish princess who became Queen of England. The story begins with Katherine (still know as Catalina) as a child, growing up in the battlefields while her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, drove the Moors out of their country. She had been bethroted to Arthur, the eldest son of Henry Tudor and Elizabeth, almost since her birth. Still a teenager, Katherine travelled to England to marry Arthur and become Princes ...more
Helen R.
Not a believable portrayal of Katharine of Aragon at all. Katharine of Aragon was a devout, deeply religious Catholic but this book turns her into a 21st century woman dumped into a 15th/16th century court. We will never know if she and Arthur were truly intimate, but given that when Henry was questioning their marriage, she swore on her immortal soul she had come to her second husband a virgin, why believe Henry over the wives he wronged? Oh wait, this is written by someone who takes the accusa ...more
Jan 04, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My son gave me this book for Christmas. I haven't read any Philippa Gregory books before, but have wanted to read them.

Before reading this book, I didn't know much about Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife. This was a fascinating look at her life, and I was reading about her on Wikipedia also. The author's interpretation of events was fascinating, I knew this was a fictionalised version of history. It was also interesting reading about life in King Henry's court.

The switching between 1s
Sara Giacalone
I enjoyed this view of a younger, more passionate Katherine of Aragon. While I know better than to assume it is historically accurate, I enjoyed this tale. I especially enjoyed reading about Granada and the Moors. Although, I think the author should have gone forward to the end of Katherine's life. I know her later days have been well covered, but it was a bit of a cop out to leave out so much of her story.
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Sara Jesus
Sep 06, 2016 Sara Jesus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, history
Philippa Gregory é uma escritura inglesa conhecida pelos seus romances históricos que abordam a dinastia Tudor. Um reinado que foi marcado por muitas intrigas e traições. E que a emblemática figura de Henrique VIII provocou um pouco de repugnarão.

É com Catarina de Aragão que conhecemos esta dinastia. Uma mulher determinada que nunca perdeu a coragem e nem desistiu do seu sonho de ser Rainha de Inglaterra. Filha de da rainha Isabel e do rei Fernando de Castelo, desde de criança soube as estraté
Jan 22, 2013 Cher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beauty of going into a book with low expectations is that they are quite often exceeded. I was told by several trusted literary friends that this was a weak installment by Philippa Gregory and should be skipped. Unfortunately, I have this awful OCD quirk that simply does not allow for series to be read out of order - it's just forbidden. Maybe it is because of these low expectations, or maybe it is because I am woefully ignorant of the Tudor history and therefore had no preconceptions of wha ...more
Oct 18, 2007 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justagreatread
Just started to read this book and I'm hooked so far.

I completed this book last night and I really enjoyed it. Its the first book I've read from this author and she does a wonderful job telling this historal fiction book. I sometimes have trouble getting into these kinds of books but I fell into this one.

Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England is written has a very strong woman, taking command of her life when and where she is able. In that that, many women were mainly objects.

Through h
Dec 26, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not read many Philippa Gregory books, but this is my favorite so far. I love the story of Katherine of Aragon, however embellished it may be. I love the lusciousness of Philippa's imagination bringing a completely believable story to the unknown crevices of Katherine's life and then setting it on the gorgeous backdrop of the Tudor time period. It was excellent.
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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acc ...more
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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Lady of the Rivers (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #1)
  • The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #2)
  • The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #3)
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #4; The Cousins' War #4)
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  • The King's Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #7; The Cousins' War #6)
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #8)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)
  • The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #10)
  • The Taming of the Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #11)

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