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The Constant Princess
The Constant Princess
Author: Philippa Gregory
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. Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743272490
ISBN-10: 0743272498
Publication Date: 8/28/2006
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 788 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
Philippa Gregory does a fantastic job with historical novels. I gained a newfound respect for a Queen who is typically portrayed as a simpering, jealous older woman. Gregory shows us the strength in Catherine...I thoroughly enjoyed this new insight into this historic character.
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Helpful Score: 7
The story of Henry VIII's first queen, Katherine (or Catalina, if you will) of Aragon. Despite his later infidelity, Henry would always regard Katherine as superior to his other queens in terms of dignity and regal bearing. This novel describes Katherine's upbringing and reign as queen of Henry's heart up to the entrance and rise of Anne Boleyn. It reveals much of the source of her sense of her own destiny as a born princess and queen. It's heartbreaking to read of the trials this woman went through, first as the abandoned widow of Henry's elder brother Arthur, then as the Queen rejected by her husband. However, because of her nature as a "constant princess", this novel is not quite as dishy and enjoyable as Boleyn Girl or Virgin's Lover. Still, a great read.
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Helpful Score: 7
I have always had sympathy for Katherine of Aragon, and now I have even more. What a lovely story of courage, fortitude, and love. Once again, Philippa Gregory has written a well-researched fictional account of historical events. While no one knows exactly why Katherine did things as she did them, Gregory's book provides a plausible and compelling reason. I hope you will enjoy this book as thoroughly as I did.
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Helpful Score: 5
Katherine of Aragon is mostly ignored in books about this time in history, other than that she was pushed off the English throne by Anne Boleyn and was the mother of Queen Mary. This is a fascinating account of Katherine as a person in her own right and relates how she helped shape the early years of Henry VIII's reign -- another Gregory triumph.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a wonderful story of Katherine of Aragon and her life. It is a fantastic retelling of many events from her time with her parents on the battlefield and continuing through her marriage to Arthur and Henry the Eighth.
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dyrtwulf avatar reviewed The Constant Princess on + 2 more book reviews
The author's clearly a master of her trade (PhD in 18th century books) but there's still a lot of historical inaccuracies here. I'm no scholar but even I recognized them.
I'd say it's good just as long as you take it for PURELY fiction.
aallyy avatar reviewed The Constant Princess on
I am still reading this book, and so far am loving it. This is my 3rd book by Philippa Gregory. I have always been interested in the royal families and her books make it interesting to incorporate some historical events with some fiction.
tennisfan5 avatar reviewed The Constant Princess on + 42 more book reviews
This was my first Philippa Gregory book, and I really did enjoy it. I liked to think about what could have happened, how the situations and personal times of these historical figures, in this case Catherine of Aragon, played out. Its a different and mostly intestine take on history. If your a fan of the Tudor Dynasty or historical fiction I reccomend this book.

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