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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful perspective on a fascinating woman.

I read The Constant Princess after considering it for several years. I Read The Other Boleyn Girl a few years ago, and had this one on my reading list. The book is a first-person account of the life of Katherine of Aragon, wife of Henry VIII of England. It begins in ...
I read The Constant Princess after considering it for several years. I Read The Other Boleyn Girl a few years ago, and had this one on my reading list. The book is a first-person account of the life of Katherine of Aragon, wife of Henry VIII of England. It begins in her late childhood and takes the reader through her first marriage to Henry's brother Arthur, his death shortly after their marriage, and then her years of waiting to ultimately become the Queen. The reader gets a glimpse into Catalina (Katherine's spanish name) and her fiercely loyal personality. She was the daughter of two of history's most powerful monarchs, and was a warrior queen herself.

This fictionalized account was very well researched and beautifully written. It left me wondering how different our world would be today if only Arthur had lived, or if only Katherine had a son who lived, or if only Henry had been faithful to her. Of course, these what-ifs are some of the most compelling questions of the past 500 years as the reign of the Tudors arched over some of the most impactful moments of European history. Without Katherine and Isabella, her mother, would England ever have accepted Elizabeth as its queen? The brutality and cruelty of this period of history is a fascinating counterpoint to Katherine's piety and the pageantry of her reign.

posted by Laura_Jane on January 20, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Could have been better

I really love this author's works but this is not one of her better ones. It was ok, but I really found it lacking in emotion. What happend to all the plotting and intrigue as in her other storys?

posted by Anonymous on December 4, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    The Constant Princess

    I didn't enjoy this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2009

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    Terrible writer, boring story

    Ph. Gregory could have done so much with the plot and the characters, but she did nothing to bring the prevalent intrigue of the are into the book. She repeats and rephrases the same thing in a 10-sentence paragraph over and over and this is throughout the entire book. It is torture. A companion book written by Gortner about Queen Juan (the sister of Queen Catalina in this book) is much better. That author spent 7 years researching before writing the book. On the contrary, this author did not spend a minute of research with all the 20 books on the shelves. Horrible writer with zero imagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2006

    Poorly Done

    I actually really enjoyed the initial part of the story that really portrayed the young Katherine which I felt that other books have not done before. Then suddenly, the book changed from the mind of a constant princess to the mind of a constant warrior. Then the book ended so abruptly it made me think that her publisher must have been watching over her shoulder and tapping on their watch to remind her she had a book due. The end of the book absolutely ruined it for me. I would have loved it had she actually finished the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    A Great Dissapointment

    I have never been more dissapointed in a book. I waited for the book to be published and was furious when I finished it. The characters were dull and I was annoyed by how bland the plot was. The author has let me down and I doubt I will read her books again.The exciting history was there, but the weak author couldn't carry it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    What are you people thinking?

    Prior to reading this book I read and enjoyed The Queen's Fool, The Other Bolyn Girl, and The Virgin's Lover and I have to say that this is definitley not her best work. It was an incredibly dull book with a very abrupt ending. It was difficult to get through and took longer to read than the others. If you want a good book then look over the other three titles I mentioned but I recommend skipping this book since there are so many other great works of literature to chose from.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Poor

    I love all of philippa gregory's books, except for THE VIRGINS FOOL and this book. It was so boring and the characters were not of interest. I could barely finish it.

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