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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. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.
Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law's desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years, she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life.
In The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history's most inspiring women and creates one of the most compelling characters in historical fiction.
©2006 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
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Critic Reviews

"Philippa Gregory is a mesmerizing storyteller." ( The Sunday Telegraph, UK)
"When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league." ( Daily Mail, UK)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Theodore on 12-06-11

Beautiful Story...

This audiobook gets it right in so many places... This is my 4th experience with Phillipa Gregory audiobooks and it is, this is one of the best. The narrator needs to get an award for her depiction of Catherine of Aragon. The combination of the narration and the story itself makes this book a joy to listen to. I sit here in awe re-listening the last 15 minutes of the audiobook and am simply chilled to my bones as to the epic writing, the poignant mood and the epic narration.

This is one of the BEST narrated books I have heard and you can even hear the growth in the voice of Catherine of Aragon as the story progresses. The inflection of tone, the strength in her voice and the effortless weaving between the first person narrative of Catherine herself and the third person view of a casual on looker is beautiful to witness.

As great as the narration though is... the story was gripping. You do have those moments in the book that seem to drag on a bit but after listening to the entire book, you think back and find that there is nothing in the book that was not necessary. You find yourself researching this great queen while listening to book itself and sharing in her heartbreak, her moments of betrayal, the numerous loss, her victories, her strength, her beauty, her sheer grace and poise. You see Henry VIII through her eyes and also her true love Arthur as well as Henry VII and you see how they change and grow throughout the book.

This was a joy to listen to, I see why this is a best seller. Phillipa Gregory did it again...

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1 out of 5 stars
By Fairred on 01-07-12

Harlequin Romance NOT Historical Novel

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who like the romance novels at airports and checkout stands. If you know nothing of history, it is a good beach listen..

Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

No. Had I realized that Phillipa Gregory was also responsible for

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance by the narrator was fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Only that I will buy future books after reading ALL the reviews and not just buy the the books with cummulative high ratings.

Any additional comments?

The author COMPLETELY MISUNDERSTANDS the historical Catherine of Aragon. The real woman was interesting and as a devout Spanish orthodox Catholic princess, she never would think to do the most of the things she does in this book. A very good novel could have been written while staying historically accurate. The whole point of her fight to the death with Henry VIII was that she NEVER lied about her virginity and that she was his true and just wife. This book says she lied. She would be putting her immortal soul in danger. She was bred to be a perfect queen. She was unfailing obedient except to deny that she did not come to Henry as a maid. She would never

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