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The Constant Princess
Splendid and sumptuous historical novel from the internationally bestselling author, Philippa Gregory, telling of the early life of Katherine of Aragon.
We think of Katherine of Aragon as the barren wife of a notorious king; but behind this legacy lies a fascinating story.
Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to parents who are both rulers and warriors....more
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.
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 ...more
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.
The Constant Princess is a historical fiction novel by Philippa Gregory, published in 2005. The novel depicts a highly fictionalized version of the life of Catherine of Aragon and her rise to power in England. Catalina of Aragon's initially loveless arranged marriage to the crown prince Arthur secretly develops into an intimate relationship where they share their plans to rule England together once Arthur is king. But ...more
She gives the reader such a keen sense of this woman; this Catalina, Infanta of Spain more commonly known to us as Catherine of Aragon, betrothed to Henry V111. It follows her story from aged five in 1491 on the battle fields of Spain to 1529 in England at the Pap ...more
Audio: (5) The audio for this novel is performed by Jill Tanner, a stage actor and voice talent from Britain. She does a fabulous job with this recording, speaking very clearly and precisely. The narration is really only told from Katherine of Aragon’s perspective, so there is very little need for voice changing, but Ms. Tanner is able to perform Henry and Harry etc. in such a ...more
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 ...more
Favorite book of the Tudor Court series by far-- reading the Other Boleyn Girl after this felt like a big disappointment.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It is fascinating to see her as alone in a strange, new land and alone; she has no-one to counsel her in how to get from being the wife of King Arthur (elder brother to Henry) to the being the wife of King Henry. And thus to fulfill the role she was born for Queen of England.
I particularly enjoyed reading her sup ...more
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