Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer is the fourth title in the Young Royals series. Opening with the musings of the displaced Catherine of Aragon, imprisoned by her husband Henry VIII and supplanted by Anne Boleyn, the story flashes back to Catherine's betrothal and marriage first to Arthur, then to Arthur's brother Henry. Catherine's joy in finally marrying Henry stands in striking contrast to her eventual fate when she cannot produce a male heir. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
The story of Catherine of Aragon the Queen of England, divorced by her husband, Henry VIII, and banished to life in remote castles, is a familiar one. Less well-known is the story of Catherine's life before she was Queen. In this book, Princess Catherine faces more than her share of adversities with courage. The sea voyage from her home in Spain to England is difficult and her reception when she arrives is less than enthusiastic. Her marriage to England's prospective King Arthur is brief. He dies and her life is in limbo. Her father-in-law, the king, keeps her at a distance and has no sympathy when she runs out of money to manage her household. She cannot go home and yet she does not have a place in the English court. It seems like good fortune when her brother-in-law Henry, who befriended her from the beginning, decides he would like her to be his wife and queen. She hopes the marriage will bring them happiness, but the reader knows that is not to bea prologue describes Catherine's life after the divorce when she is comforted only by her memories. The book vividly creates the fascinating story of what the Princess's life may have been. Much of the story is told by Catherine. Some chapters with an omniscient point-of-view fill in details unknown to her. Those chapters, set in italic type, are easy to distinguish. This excellent book in the author's "Young Royals" series will surely send the reader to read more. 2004, Gulliver Books/Harcourt Inc, Ages 12 up.
Janet Crane Barley
An epic filled with love, loyalty, betrayal, and death, this entry in Meyer's Young Royals series is sure to please. From the opening, with Queen Catherine locked in a room until she denounces her standing as queen and wife of King Henry VIII so that he can marry his mistress Anne Boleyn, readers are treated to a look at a woman with strong convictions and devotion. Catherine tells of her past and also relates the events taking place within the royal family. Readers are immersed in lives that include pageantry, wealth, obligation, and greed. Promised in marriage to Prince Arthur (Henry's older brother) as a child, Catherine becomes a widow shortly after marrying. Not really belonging anywhere and caught in the middle of unfortunate circumstances, Catherine struggles for many years with strength and focus while waiting at the whim of a king blinded by hunger for money and power. Readers will feel Catherine's anguish, pain, and frustration as she is used as a pawn in power struggles and surrounded by deception. Meyer creates a realistic world that will be enjoyed even by those who would not label themselves fans of historical fiction. (Young Royals). KLIATT Codes: JSRecommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Harcourt, Gulliver, 198p., Ages 12 to 18.
Gr 6 Up-Meyer gives voice to Catherine of Aragon as she recounts the story of her betrothals and marriages. The political and economic gains and machinations upon which these unions were based are clearly chronicled in this carefully researched offering. Catherine's dramatic narrative begins as she embarks, at the age of 15, on the arduous journey from Spain to England to become the wife of Prince Arthur, a match made for her when she was only three. She tells of her life in England, moving from the enviable position of a future queen to that of a young girl far from home who is beholden to the generosity of the king of England. After six months of an unconsummated marriage, Catherine is widowed. Diplomatic negotiations rule her life as she is betrothed to his younger brother, the future King Henry VIII, but the path to that marriage is strewn with international agreements that are made and revoked. Once Prince Henry becomes king, he marries Catherine and this union lasts some 24 years until he turns to Ann Boleyn. Through it all, Catherine is a pawn. Meyer seamlessly provides details about customs and beliefs in bringing history to life. Her Catherine develops from a callow young girl into a woman who fights for her rights as much as the times permitted. As in Mary, Bloody Mary (Harcourt, 1999), the author's rich prose style draws readers in as her skill at characterization creates a protagonist who evokes compassion.-Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Meyer continues her first-person series about the Tudor women, this one in the voice of Catalina, known as Catherine of Aragon, who was a young teen when she was sent from Spain in 1501 to be married to Arthur, eldest son of the King of England. Meyer describes the loneliness, isolation, and difficulties of Catherine's position: she did not speak English or French, the court languages, and she was kept from Arthur not only when betrothed but even after they were wed. The sickly Arthur could not consummate their union. After his death, she experienced years of limbo-and relative poverty-while her dowry was fought over. During it all, Henry, the bright, open, lively younger brother of Arthur, fascinates her. It's Henry who inherits the English crown, and who marries Catherine, only to quickly fall out of love with her and begin the half-dozen marriages for which history holds him infamous. Catherine was the mother of the queen known as Bloody Mary, and readers who know the rest of the Young Royals series will certainly be engaged by this one. (Historical fiction. 12-14)
"Those who like biography and historical fiction will enjoy this story that breathes life into the history of the Tudors."VOYA
"Meyer seamlessly provides details about customs and beliefs in bringing history to life."School Library Journal
"Creates a vivid portrayal of Catherine . . . [this] account enlarges the intricate tapestry of Meyers' Young Royals series."Booklist