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

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"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 Engla
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Published December 6th 2005 by Simon Schuster Audio (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 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 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 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
Erin Clemence
This review is for the audiobook version of “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory, published by RecordedBooks.

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
Apr 07, 2009 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 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
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"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
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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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