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The Constant Princess

By: Philippa Gregory
Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
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Summary

A splendid and sumptuous historical novel from the internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory, telling of the early life of Katherine of Aragon.

I was born a princess, destined to be queen, and I know my duty.

1491. Henry VII’s eldest son, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, has been betrothed since childhood to the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. Their marriage will cement the alliance Henry Tudor craves to secure his country.

But when Arthur’s sudden death leaves an 11-year-old boy heir to the kingdom, Henry Tudor must choose whether to send Katherine back to Spain or to marry her himself. Katherine has no son from her brief marriage to secure her future; her substantial dowry and his powerful contract are at stake.

Henry has reckoned without the determination of a young woman set on fulfilling her own destiny to be a queen - and the ambition of Prince Harry, the future Henry VIII.

©2018 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"One of Gregory's great strengths as a novelist is her ability to take familiar historical figures and flesh them into living breathing human beings. The Constant Princess is a worthy successor to her previous novels about the Tudors." (Daily Express)

"Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing." (Daily Mail)

"Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images...while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent." (DailyTelegraph)

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Beautiful novel, excellent narration

There is another version of this novel on Audible which is abridged and at first I bought that version by mistake but it was not enjoyable for me at all. I was very disappointed as I have read a lot from Philippa Gregory but then I realized what the problem was and I returned the abridged version and bought this full one.
I was very happy with the exchange. Not only is it incomparably more enjoyable in its full version but the narration is far better! Katrina Fernandez being of Spanish speaking origin, the accent is completely authentic, which was not at all the case in the abridged version.
As always with Philippa Gregory, I was completely immersed in this book, it is a riveting story as well as beautifully written history.

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DISAPPOINTING PRESENTATION

The Reader delivers the book in a strong Spanish accent which both my wife & I find impossible to listen to. Previously we have always enjoyed audiobooks by this author.

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Beautiful Narrative

A wonderful performance with a beautiful narrative that looks at the beauty and grace of the young Spanish Princess of Wales and her long road through two marriages, many highs and lows and the stability she helped bring to the early Tudor court of Henry VIII

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Boring.

This starts off very very slow, it picks up a bit at her time of marrying Arthur, and I will say that I did actually shed a tear when he died, however that was around chapter 5, it was downhill from there really. There was not much of a storyline and finishes very abruptly at a time that Catherine is most famous for.

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the constant Princess

I enjoyed the story but felt the end was lacking.up until then I was engrossed and couldn't put it down.

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An Underrated Queen

This is a very good novel focusing on one of England's lesser loved and often overlooked queens, Katherine of Aragon. It is interesting to see her childhood and early years considering that we more commonly hear how her story ends. This version of Katherine is truly a queen.

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BRILLIANT

what a fantastic story. brilliant narrator, so well read, loved every minute of the book 😁

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brilliant book

it's nice to put a story to catalina and Arthur. we'll worth the 7.99. I find all philippa gregory audiobooks are. Great narration too

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History anew

Truly refreshing perspective on the quintessential wronged wife.
Story of Tudor girl power.
Well worth a listen challenging the view of fat Harry from the beginning.

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Mixed bag

The narrator was perfect for the book and really gave the Spanish feel to the Spanish characters. Having read a lot of books about the Tudors perhaps I was not the target audience. I felt P.Gs portrayal of Henry VII in particular quite ridiculous and not the view that the primary evidence points to. I also found myself saying out loud on several occasions 'She would never have said/done that!' In particular, Catherine's doubting of God's existence and her questioning of her religion is a modern-day view. Catherine's Catholic faith was her life. She would no sooner have kissed Anne Boleyn in the cheek and handed over her crown. It is just very implausible.
That said, I did keep listening to the end, probably because I love Catherine and reading about her is a favourite pastime of mine. however, the story jumping 15 years and wrapped up rather hastily in the last chapter felt like some of the book was missing. Although I felt by then, I had heard enough.

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Great read

I loved the focus on Catalina, her early life, the parts less visited by other authors. But the ending felt like just such a random flash forward that also ended abruptly.