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The Constant Princess [Hardcover]

Philippa Gregory
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THERE WAS A SCREAM, and then the loud roar of fire enveloping silken hangings, then a mounting crescendo of shouts of panic that spread and spread from one tent to another as the flames ran too, leaping from one silk standard to another, running up guy ropes and bursting through muslin doors. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Great Historical Fiction from a Great! April 28 2007
By Teddy
Format:Audio CD
I read “The Other Boleyn Girl last month last month. (See My Review). It was my first Phillippa Gregory book and I loved it. Since I was hungry for more Gregory I decided on The Constant Princess next. I actually listened to the Audio CD version. The narrator, Kate Burton brought Gregoy’s characters to life. I loved learning more about Catherine of Aragon and her fight to become Queen of England. Gregory captures the plight of women from the 15th and 16th century well. My only criticism is that Gregory ended the book too abruptly. She wrote about Catherine’s triumph in Scotland and then jumps to her death. I would have like to have read about what happen in between! Non the less, I’m still hungry for more Phillippa Gregory.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bah! (2.5 stars) May 7 2011
By Misfit TOP 500 REVIEWER
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 what in the heck you missed. Just be warned, this is Tudor history PG style so expect historical accuracy at your own peril...

In this book, Gregory purports that the marriage between Catalina (Katherine) of Spain and Arthur Tudor was a love match and their union was most definitely consummated - a secret they kept from everyone. When Arthur realizes he'll not survive the sweating sickness, he commands Catalina to marry his younger brother Henry, so that she can still become Queen of England as they'd always dreamed. Catalina is determined to stay *constant* to her beloved's commands, but there's a lot of political turmoil ahead of her, especially over the fact of whether the marriage was consummated,

"I shall keep my promise. I shall be constant to my husband and to my destiny. And I shall plan and plot and consider how I shall conquer this misfortune and be what I was born to be. How I shall be the pretender who becomes queen."

"At Arthur's request I told the greatest lie a woman has ever told, and I will tell it to the very grave...He asked me to say that we had never been lovers and he commanded me to marry his brother and be queen...I was constant to my promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love April 3 2014
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I'm a Phillipa Gregory fan. I did find some of the
writing in italics tiresome and whiney but overall it's an easy read and entertaining.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel Sept. 19 2013
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As always, Philippa Gregory has taken me in to history in the most captivating way. I didn't know anything of Katherine of Aragon, she seemed to disappear behind the Boleyn girls but I now see her greatness and her class above it all. I am grateful to have learned her story from Ms Gregory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars booklover Nov. 24 2012
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Having read 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and really liking it, I now wish I'd read this beforehand, as it is a detailed story of Katharine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn's predecessor. A very good read which quite clearly illustrates England in that era--especially at court.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Story, Though Not Strictly Historical Feb. 24 2008
By microfiche TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I can't reveal the 'not strictly historical' part that hurt my enjoyment of this novel because it's central to the plot. It is a fine book: sensitively written characters, moving story, lovely language that draws the reader in and won't let go. Not the best of Ms. Gregory's best - and I enjoy her works - but it certainly deserves high praise. It is certainly a fresh approach to the old story of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 15 2014
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5 stars as far as I am concerned!
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