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The Constant Princess

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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

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not Her Best

I have read every one of Phillipa Gregory's books and I have to say, I was disappointed with this one. The insights into Katherine's thoughts, while an interesting device, causes the plot to stall and the same thoughts are too often repeated over and over. I thought K...
I have read every one of Phillipa Gregory's books and I have to say, I was disappointed with this one. The insights into Katherine's thoughts, while an interesting device, causes the plot to stall and the same thoughts are too often repeated over and over. I thought Katherine's character was not nearly as fleshed out as her Wideacre characters, the triology I consider to be her best work.

posted by Anonymous on January 9, 2006

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    An Okay Book

    All in all this book was a good read. I didn't like the way she portrayed Kathrine of Aragon. And the fact that it stops at a great point in the beginning of her life and then jumps ahead to the divorce trial with Henry VIII. To me it almost seemed like she got bored and decided to rush to get to the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    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?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    This is the only book that I have finished by Ms. Gregory. I ha

    This is the only book that I have finished by Ms. Gregory. I have always held a spot in my heart for Katherine of Aragon. In this retelling of her story, Ms. Gregory imagines the possible romance that could have occurred between Katherine and Arthur. I did enjoy this perspective. Although the end is abrupt. I would have enjoyed more of Katherine's story toward the end of her life.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Interesting but drags on at times

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Not What I Expected...

    This is the story of Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, and how she became Queen of England. I was really hoping to see more of Catherine's life after she was divorced from King Henry VIII. At the same time, her relationship with Arthur was also too long.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

    A portrait of Katherine of Aragon

    This book gave a detailed look into the mind and heart of Katherine of Aragon. It was interesting to read about her in her younger years and how she matures and holds onto what she beleves to be her destiny. This was not a very exciting book and feels very repetative at times but if you enoy reading about the Tudors then you should enjoy the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2007

    Sarah, an avid reader of the reign of Henry VIII and his 6 wives.

    I have to agree, this was not an example of Gregory's best work. I read a lot about the wives of Henry VIII, and was excited to find a book solely dedicated to Catherine of Aragon. (She is one of Henry's least represented wives.) I did feel Gregory did an excellent job in the 1st half of the novel, when Catalina was younger, and her romance with Arthur. However, the book lacked finesse in the second half. I love Gregory's work and will by no means discontinue reading her books, but i will also admit to being disheartened at the end of The Constant Princess.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2007

    Disappointing

    I read this book with complete faith in Philippa Gregory's powers of keeping the reader enthralled in her novels. I did read this book quite quickly but to me it seemed as if the book ended to abruptly. While the characters were strong the ending did them no justice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    Philippia has done better

    I did find this book to be very dull compared to her other works. I even read a book in between this one. It lacked the gripping suspence that Philippia flawlessly creates in her stories. I do hope she puts it back into her next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2006

    Not in Keeping

    This book was not in keeping with some of the other authors work i.e. The Other Boleyn Girl. It was slow and the ending was uneventful. I guess it could be an interesting read to some, but for me, not so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2006

    Not Bad

    This was not her greatest work. Its good, don't get me wrong, but its a little slow. Overall the story is wonderful, its just a little hard to get through. I love Phillipa Gregory, so I had to read it, but it was not my favorite

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