This is my moment. I certainly have a new respect for Catherine of Aragon. Here is an interesting combo: Why does no one in this filthy country respect me?!?! Around the Year i This would be bad enough, but oftentimes these character’s thoughts segments reveal that internally Catalina’s thoughts directly contradict the actions she undertakes as described in the preceding third person perspective scene, leaving the reader to feel like they’ve been hit in the face by a frying pan out of the blue. If you didn’t like The Other Boleyn Girl, but want to learn more about the History, do a little research on the internet and skip this. Needless to say, I found myself drawn into the story.

Roll on 18 months, and my recent second attempt at ploughing my way through was barely underway before I remembered what it was that had put me off from finishing the introductory chapter, let alone the novel, the first time around. This is a person who works with words for a living; and he or she has even less of an excuse when the language and style is as basic as this. Firstly, let me say that the thing I like about Philippa Gregory’s novels is that she is an Historian, first and foremost. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. From childhood she was prepped for her queenly position; she grows up alongside a battlefield, in the splendid palace in Spain, until she is sent to be married to Arthur. Gregory’s choice of topic piques the interest. Repetition like this should have been cut out in editing. Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.

While occasionally Catalina talks about her love for Henry, I never liu buy it. The fact that the story was told by both an omniscient narrator and from Katherine’s perspective was interesting, but I thought it not happily done.

Roll on 18 months, and my recent cilm attempt at ploughing my way through was barely underway before I remembered what it was that had put me off from finishing the introductory chapter, let alone the novel, the first time around.

The Constant Princess

When you write whole passages in italics, you are just inviting me to skim or skip them entirely. She is determined to become Queen of England, since she was raised believing that to be her destiny.

It was a disaster. An intriguing, unputdownable and very well written account of Katherine of Aragon: Catalina is able to keep her wits about her, manipulate things to her own end, and is shown to be a competent, powerful leader.


Also, this quote rather bothered me: Let me start by saying this: Arthur and Iiov discussing plants, Arthur and Catalina whining about how hard their lives are, Catalina moaning about meeting a woman whose brother was put to death by Catalina’s family. On the other hand, I have put first person historical novels aside without getting past the first few pages for this very reason, the tone of voice is generally uov modern for rabdares taste.

If you’re the kind of reader that loves to just live in a world with the characters rabdarsa are a fan of history then Philippa Gregory will be your new addiction. May 07, alana Semuels rated it did not like it. Radarea for the narrator, Jill Tanner was brilliant. This book could have been shorter if we had not been subjected to quite so much of Catherine’s internal monologue, many of her thoughts we’d heard earlier in the novel were repeated throughout.

The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels 1 – 10 of 15 books. If you hated The Other Boleyn Girl for it’s lack of exciting events and boring pace, good luck getting past page of The Constant Princess. The story was basically written for her; all she had to do rabfarea fill in the gaps, and make up some interesting fluff to pad out the pages and make it into a rip-roaring read.

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

See all 9 questions about The Constant Princess…. Visitors to her site, www. Tanner is able to perform Henry and Harry etc. The first part is credible. I simply read her books because I like the history. In this book, Gregory purports that the marriage between Catalina Katherine of Spain and Arthur Tudor was a love match and their union was most definitely consummated – a secret they kept from everyone.

To ask other readers questions about The Constant Princessplease sign up. Why does no one in this filthy country respect me?!?! Queen of England, the ruler of one of the greatest empires the World has known. While the whole telling doesn’t fully hold together, the book gives a different look at Katherine and posits some interesting ideas as to her character and how she might have interacted with her new English family.

She is subject to international games over which she has no control and little access to knowledge.

I loved the descriptions of the spanish court. Aug 11, Robyn rated it did not like it. You would think this would mean I did not enjoy this book, but you would be wrong. She was handed the ideal subject on a plate; a fascinating woman, surrounded by myths and legends, with exotic royal parents and married to arguably the most famous monarch of all time.


May 01, Misfit rated it it was ok Shelves: Even as a younger girl, she comes off as a bit of a drip and killjoy, as if she was born old with the knees of a Carmelite nun. It’s a testament to Katherine’s impeccable performance as Henry’s queen that she was able to tell so implausible a lie and yet be believed for centuries.

In the book, Katherine was ambitious, and it led her to lie, iflm, even disregard her morals to achieve her goals. As for whether or not they consummated their relationship, I don’t know.

However, Gregory misjudges the pacing of events. I recommend this novel for amateur and professional historians everywhere but beware: One minute, Catalina is riding out to meet the Scots; the next, a messenger comes back to announce the Scottish King is dead!

You hear me, Philippa?

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girlwhich was made rwbdarea a TV drama and a major film.

Her titles and her vows to Arthur became almost like a rosary prayer. The text itself is a bit dry and bland although I was stirred a bit when I read of Catalina’s poverty. Now, I admit that I am a grammar Nazi and that the majority of readers would probably not be worked up into such a fluster by ilv few misplaced dots and squiggles, but the fact is that the ideal novel should read rabdares and cleanly, with no attention paid to the punctuation whatsoever.

It is like reading a soap opera. What makes The Constant Princess a unique story is Katherine herself. Return to Book Page. Another difficult plot line is the imagined pregnancy and the call to the doctor who is a Moor. His father and grandmother are against it; her powerful parents prove little use.

I greatly enjoyed her interpretation and dramatic effects. Her earthly mission to be Princess of Wales and Queen of England had become the motivation for her soul and conscience, making The Lhi Lie completely justified and excusable. Overall, The Constant Princess was the perfect book for me to read as my first venture into this new ragdarea. From this seed, Ms.