Friday, August 9, 2013

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Touchstone
Publishing Date: 2005
390 Pages


"I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known...and I will be Queen of England."

This, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces us to one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Known to history as the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn, here is a Katherine the world has forgotten: the enchanting princess that all England loved. First married to Henry VIII's older brother, Arthur, Katherine's passion turns their arranged marriage into a love match. But when Arthur dies, the merciless English court and her ambitious parents - the crusading King and Queen of Spain - have to find a new role for the widow. Ultimately, it is Katherine herself who takes control of her own life by telling the most audacious lie in English history, leading her to the very pinnacle of power in England.

Set in the beauty of Moorish Spain and the glamour of the Tudor court, The Constant Princess presents a woman whose constancy helps her endure betrayal, poverty, and despair, until the inevitable moment when she steps into the role she has rehearsed all her life: Henry VIII's Queen, Regent, and commander of the English army in their greatest victory against Scotland.

My Review

Once again, Philippa Gregory sucks me into the Tudor court and doesn't let me go. I love her stories; part fact, part fiction. Reading The Other Boleyn Girl first, I knew what eventually happened to Queen Katherine. But it was still really interesting to read and learn about her life before she became Queen. She had so many struggles, and lost the love of her life. She then had to lie about their life together, basically saying it didn't mean very much. I can't wait to read the third book in the series! I will have to refresh my memory about what happens in TOBG though, because I read it quite a while ago. Highly recommend if you enjoy learning about the Tudor court! :)

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