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The Constant Princess

A book by Philippa Gregory

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Historical Facts Run Wild!

  • Jan 16, 2006
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I usually enjoy Gregory's writing but with this book and her last, The Virgin's Lover, I am beginning to wonder if her need to churn something out is overcoming her research. Gregory takes the truly interesting story of Catalina of Aragon and gives it a spin that is highly improbable according to historical facts. At times the story is out and out false: Catalina (also known as Katherine) never had a "phantom" pregnancy; that was her tragic daughter, Mary I. Highly illogical as well is the idea that Catalina deliberately lied about being a virgin at her marriage to Henry since every record known paints her as an extremely pious woman who would never willingly imperil her mortal soul. These were just a few of the sticking points that detracted from my enjoyment of this novel. I tried to suspend belief and go along with the idea that it *might* have happened this way, but Catalina's character is just so opposite to anything I've ever read or studied that it was very difficult for me. I wanted to like this book; Gregory's style is accessible and engaging. As a novel, I at times could find myself caught up, but more often than not, the over-the-top behavior as depicted by Gregory just pulled me out of the story. My main concern is that a novice history lover will take this book as fact and allow it to color his opinion of Henry the 8th and his first wife.

I look forward to Gregory's return to the style and flair that made The Other Boleyn Girl so captivating.

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review by . February 04, 2010
Book Review: The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
I have read and heard many positive critiques about Philippa Gregory, so I was really excited to finally read one of her books. Unfortunately, the hype did not live up to my expectations.       Fellow readers claim that this book takes a new approach to Katherine of Aragon's life with a predominant focus on her marriage to Prince Arthur. Yes, this is true. It does focus on that five month period but at what cost? This is not the most fascinating part of Katherine's …
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I have enjoyed Philipa Gregory but this book was not memorable, more fiction than fact.
review by . March 30, 2009
The Constant Princess
(4.5 rating) It is 1491 and Catalina is Infanta of Spain and Princess of Wales, her parents Ferdinand and Isabella. In the Spanish court, religion reigns alongside the regents, Christianity engaged in a centuries-long battle with Islam for dominance of the region. Katherine is promised to Arthur of England, son of Henry VII, her destiny proscribed by necessity. As a child, Catalina cannot fathom the drama that will overtake her life in that far away place or the controversy that will surround her …
review by . December 03, 2005
It is 1491 and Catalina is Infanta of Spain and Princess of Wales, her parents Ferdinand and Isabella. In the Spanish court, religion reigns alongside the regents, Christianity engaged in a centuries-long battle with Islam for dominance of the region. Katherine is promised to Arthur of England, son of Henry VII, her destiny proscribed by necessity. As a child, Catalina cannot fathom the drama that will overtake her life in that far away place or the controversy that will surround her in the Tudor …
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The Constant Princess is a historical novel by Philippa Gregory, published in 2005. The novel depicts a fictionalized version of the life of Catherine of Aragon.
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ISBN-10: 074327248X
ISBN-13: 978-0743272483
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Touchstone (December 6, 2005)

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