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The constant princess

by Gregory, Philippa.

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 6 copies
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Summary
From #1 New York Times bestselling author and "queen of royal fiction" ( USA TODAY ) Philippa Gregory comes the remarkable story of Katherine of Aragon, Princess of Spain, daughter of two great monarchs, and eventual Queen of England when she marries the infamous King Henry VIII.

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. The young lovers revel in each other's company and plan the England they will make together. But tragically, aged only fifteen, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his sixteen-year-old 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. Then, like her warrior mother, Katherine must take to the battlefield and save England when its old enemies the Scots come over the border and there is no one to stand against them but the new Queen.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "As youngest daughter to the Spanish monarchs and crusaders King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Catalina, princess of Wales and of Spain, was promised to the English Prince Arthur when she was three. She leaves Spain at 15 to fulfill her destiny as queen of England, where she finds true love with Arthur (after some initial sourness) as they plot the future of their kingdom together. Arthur dies young, however, leaving Catalina a widow and ineligible for the throne. Before his death, he extracts a promise from his wife to marry his younger brother Henry in order to become queen anyway, have children and rule as they had planned, a situation that can only be if Catalina denies that Arthur was ever her lover. Gregory's latest (after Earthly Joys) compellingly dramatizes how Catalina uses her faith, her cunning and her utter belief in destiny to reclaim her rightful title. By alternating tight third-person narration with Catalina's unguarded thoughts and gripping dialogue, the author presents a thorough, sympathetic portrait of her heroine and her transformation into Queen Katherine. Gregory's skill for creating suspense pulls the reader along despite the historical novel's foregone conclusion. Agent, Melanie Jackson. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (publication date order)
#1 - The Other Boleyn girl
#2 - The Queen's fool
#3 - The Virgin's lover
#4 - The Constant princess
#5 - The Boleyn inheritance
#6 - The Other queen
#7 - The White queen
#8 - The Red queen
#9 - The Lady of the rivers
#10 - The Kingmaker's daughter
#11 - The White princess
#12 - The King's curse
#13 - The Taming of the queen
#14 - Three sisters, three queens
#15 - The Last Tudor
Subjects Catherine, -- of Aragon, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, -- 1485-1536 -- Fiction.
Henry -- VIII, -- King of England, -- 1491-1547 -- Fiction.
Queens -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547 -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2006
Edition Touchstone ed.
Language English
Notes "A Touchstone book."
Includes reading group guide.
Description 393 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780743272490 (pbk.)
0743272498 (pbk.)
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