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  • Title: The Constant Princess
  • Author: Philippa Gregory
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Librarian s Note Alternate Cover Edition ISBN 13 9780743272490, ISBN 10 0743272498

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    1. Ah, Philippa Gregory. You lured me in with The Other Boleyn Girl, which I knew was kind of trashy, but still couldn't put it down. TOBG was like eating cupcakes while watching SVU re-runs. Paradise. The Constant Princess, however, was like eating Doritos while watching Grey's Anatomy. I really wanted to like it, but really, it just made me want to barf. The problem, dear Philippa, is that just as Henry VIII liked his ladies, you seem to love italics. You write whole pages in italics, which in my [...]

    2. 2.5 starsThose of you familiar with all things Tudor already know the basics of the long-suffering Katherine of Aragon and the husband who dumped her when she couldn't produce a male heir. Those who aren't might consider this review rather spoilerish so consider yourself warned. That said, since the author skims through a big chunk of the latter part of Katherine's life and "The King's Great Matter", I wouldn't recommend this for newbies as you'll be scratching your head at the end wondering wha [...]

    3. I'm going to start out by saying 1) I love historical fiction and 2) I loved Margaret George's, The Autobiography of Henry VIII with notes by his fool Will Sommers (one of my fave books of all time). So when I have the opportunity to go back to Kind Henry VIII's court I do! I've read the Other Boleyn Girl, I've read Elizabeth I by Rosamund Miles to learn about the time after Henry VIII, etc.Therefore I was really looking forward to learning more about Henry's first wife, Katherine of Aragon.The [...]

    4. A very entertaining and engaging story, more lively than Jean Plaidy's Katherine trilogy. Even though I found Plaidy's books a bit on the dull side, I'm glad I read them to complement Gregory's take on the young Katherine. Most of the HF I've read about Katherine shows her in her times of trial during her second marriage, where she comes across as a long-suffering and pious cow, an object of scorn and pity. Even as a younger girl, she comes off as a bit of a drip and killjoy, as if she was born [...]

    5. If King Henry VIII's wives have any consolation, it is that they are remembered and honored far more in death than they were in life--there were six wives, and now there are dozens of books about them. But The Constant Princess begins at the beginning--with the first wife, Katherine of Aragon, whose unfortunate life did not include the birth of a son and heir to King Henry VIII. It is that perceived fault of hers that inspired Henry to seek sport in the arms of other women, and provided us with [...]

    6. Firstly, let me say that the thing I like about Philippa Gregory's novels is that she is an Historian, first and foremost. She has studied the people she writes about in great detail. You cannot take people like Catherine of Aragon and fashion some carte blanche story about her; there are facts and documentation which must be adhered to. She brings this fascinating woman to life for us; teaching us as we read. Philippa Gregory gives the reader such a keen sense of this woman; this Catalina, Infa [...]

    7. This review is for the audiobook version of “The Constant Princess” by Philippa Gregory, published by RecordedBooks.Audio: (5)The audio for this novel is performed by Jill Tanner, a stage actor and voice talent from Britain. She does a fabulous job with this recording, speaking very clearly and precisely. The narration is really only told from Katherine of Aragon’s perspective, so there is very little need for voice changing, but Ms. Tanner is able to perform Henry and Harry etc. in such a [...]

    8. I am completely fascinated by this time period. It is like reading a soap opera. It also helped me to understand how King Henry could be so cruel and it made me sad for Queen Katherine. This was a beautiful love story and a story of perseverance. I loved the descriptions of the spanish court. It certainly made me glad that I am not royalty.

    9. It is difficult to know where to start with this review. Perhaps by highlighting one of the most pertinent points. The novel is written alternately from third person and first person point of view. Usually, a scene will occur written in the third person, followed by an internal monologue from Catalina's character about the events which have just occurred. Is this poor writing, or does this continuous switching of views work within the story? The premise sets off alarm bells that the story may se [...]

    10. "A near-constant bore"Catalina is the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, the Spanish Infanta, betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales and heir apparent to the throne of England. 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. And thus begins the life of the future Queen Katherine of Aragon.Despite their flaws, I rather enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and The [...]

    11. This was actually the second attempt I made at reading this book. The first failed about fifty pages in: I simply couldn't buy the premise. Apparently there are some things that are "obviously what happened" in Gregory's brain, but that seemed like huge, wildly improbable conjecture to me and many other readers. I don't want to go into it in detail, so as not to spoil the plot, but basically, Gregory took historical events and assigned feelings and motivations to the major players that seemed co [...]

    12. I don't care how historically inaccurate this story may be, it totally swept me up and I loved it-- and I'm not usually one for historical romances. I read this two years ago and I just remember feeling all warm and fuzzy and then heartbroken and angsty as I went on this journey with Katherine of Aragon. Favorite book of the Tudor Court series by far-- reading the Other Boleyn Girl after this felt like a big disappointment.

    13. This book is, in my opinion, Gregory’s best novel. Some historical fiction can be a little too tawdry for my taste. (But don’t get me wrong, tawdry is awesome as long as it’s accompanied by some substance I can sink my teeth into). Gregory’s novels can lose this balance every now and then and she is sometimes guilty of repetitive phrases that can force your mind to wander. I did not notice these pitfalls in this particular novel. There are, of course, passionate love scenes (because what [...]

    14. For me, Gregory's big problem is point of view. Her first-person narratives are fantastic, but her third-person ones suck. Here is an interesting combo: The Constant Princess is written mostly in third, but with about just as much in first-person asides that aren't really justifiable in any way. Are they journal entries from the protagonist, Katherine of Aragon? Just musings? Often, the narratives overlap, which could be interesting, but really just comes off as jarring. I don't really get what [...]

    15. I generally love Philippa Gregory. I do not apologize for taking great pleasure in going to visit historical places like a fly on the wall and peeking into the way those lives might have been. Most of time, I can feel that Gregory’s version might have been true, because she sticks very close to the facts and only interpolates feelings and emotions to make the characters human. Somehow, I felt she went off the rails in this one. I even had cause to doubt the accuracy of her history. (view spoil [...]

    16. Για την Philippa Gregory έχω ακούσει πάρα πολλά και ξέρω ότι είναι μία από τις δημοφιλέστερες συγγραφείς στο χώρο του ιστορικού μυθιστορήματος, ως τώρα όμως δεν είχε τύχει να διαβάσω κάποιο βιβλίο της. Η ευκαιρία μου δόθηκε τώρα που είπα να ρίξω μία ματιά στην περίφημη ιστορία με τ [...]

    17. Let me start by saying this: If you hated The Other Boleyn Girl for it's lack of exciting events and boring pace, good luck getting past page 100 of The Constant Princess.Now, I'm no fan of Philippa Gregory. To be honest, I HATE the way she writes. She spins in circles, repeating the same crap over and over again. She includes tons of unneeded fillers. Ugh. I simply read her books because I like the history.After enjoying The Other Boleyn Girl, I went on to the Boleyn Inheritance, finally decidi [...]

    18. Nakon Bijele kraljice, ovo je druga knjiga koju sam čitala od P. Gregory i uz ovu sam knjigu shvatila zašto je Gregory "na samom vrhu pisaca povijesnih romana", s posebnim zanimanjem za dinastiju Tudor čiju je povijest iscrpno istražila.Knjiga je izvrsna, pokazuje nam Katarinu Aragonsku u potpuno drugom svjetlu od onoga u kojem je obično prikazuju (kao pobožnu, "stariju" kraljicu koja nije željela zanijekati svoj brak s Henrikom VII i time mu omogućiti ženidbu s Ann Boleyn, a do koje je [...]

    19. DNF Sorry, nope, I can't do this. When I saw this at the library and all the rave reviews it got I thought this would be an interesting take on Catherine of Aragon's story. To me, she is one of the most interesting of Henry's wives, and I thought it would be fun to read a totally different theory about who she was. Sadly, it didn't work for me. I thought I could get around to the idea that a woman so insanely devout would risk her soul by lying, but it turns out I just can't. It's an interesting [...]

    20. Filled in the gaps and questions I had about Catherine of Aragon before she was Henry VIII's wife. She lead a very interesting life and had much more steel and ambition than I'd imagined. I liked Prince Arthur too and I wondered how history might have changed if Henry had never inherited the throne. Gregory doesn't give us an entirely accurate account of Tudor history. No one can be certain if Catherine's first marriage was ever consumated but I liked the angle that the author went with this. I [...]

    21. Although “The Constant Princess” has never been recommended to me specifically, the enthusiastic response to “The Other Boleyn Girl” – Gregory’s most well-known novel – was enough to encourage my purchase of it a couple of years ago. She is touted as a fabulously emotive historical fiction writer, and yet my initial response was to discard it after I had read the first couple of pages. Roll on 18 months, and my recent second attempt at ploughing my way through was barely underway b [...]

    22. Who is this woman, whose fame rests on her inability to produce a male heir for Henry VIII? In this book the author attempts to envision her life.The first part is credible. The author describes how Catalina, the child of Spain's powerful co-monarchs, could have developed a belief in her destiny. From this seed, Ms. Gregory builds the case for a steely purposeful woman who affects all the airs of the monarch she aspires to be and exudes its sense of entitlement. This is the attitude and the outl [...]

    23. "This is me. This is my moment. This is my battle cry."I'm going to begin this review by saying that you should take my star rating with a grain of salt because this genre is not for everyone. Historical Fiction is now one of my favourite genres, even though I haven't read much, because of its pacing, character development, and plot. This genre is not for everyone. It can be incredibly slow, assumes the reader has knowledge of actual historical events, and at times not much happens in terms of p [...]

    24. My son gave me this book for Christmas. I haven't read any Philippa Gregory books before, but have wanted to read them.Before reading this book, I didn't know much about Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife. This was a fascinating look at her life, and I was reading about her on also. The author's interpretation of events was fascinating, I knew this was a fictionalised version of history. It was also interesting reading about life in King Henry's court.The switching between 1st and 3rd [...]

    25. In this book, Philippa Gregory tells us the story of Katherine of Aragon, a Spanish princess who became Queen of England. The story begins with Katherine (still know as Catalina) as a child, growing up in the battlefields while her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, drove the Moors out of their country. She had been bethroted to Arthur, the eldest son of Henry Tudor and Elizabeth, almost since her birth. Still a teenager, Katherine travelled to England to marry Arthur and become Princes [...]

    26. I enjoyed this view of a younger, more passionate Katherine of Aragon. While I know better than to assume it is historically accurate, I enjoyed this tale. I especially enjoyed reading about Granada and the Moors. Although, I think the author should have gone forward to the end of Katherine's life. I know her later days have been well covered, but it was a bit of a cop out to leave out so much of her story.

    27. This is me, conceived in a camp by parents who are rivals as well as lovers, born in a moment snatched between battles in a winter of torrential floods, raised by a strong woman in armor, on campaign for all of my childhood, destined to fight for my word against another’s: born to fight for my name for my faith and for my throne.Following Anne Boleyn, Katherine of Aragon (or Catalina, depending if you want the Anglicized version of her name or the original Spanish version) is one of the better [...]

    28. I gave this book 3 stars--so, I liked it. I would have rated it higher if she had edited some of the parts where she tended to ramble on and expand on the parts that seemed to begin and end abruptly. The Constant Princess is the story of Katherine of Aragon aka Catilina, Infanta of Spain and her betrothal to Henry's older brother, Arthur. She is quite determined to become the Queen of England--even at a very young age she knows it is her destiny, something she has been conditioned for her entire [...]

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