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The Constant Princess (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2005; vuoden 2005 painos)

– tekijä: Philippa Gregory (Tekijä)

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Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine of Aragon has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Constant Princess
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This is the 6th novel in the series about the Plantagenets and Tudors. I enjoyed the book, which I listened to on audio, but it did take a while to get used to the Spanish accent when Katherine of Aragon's dialogue was read. I feel like this novel dragged a little more than some of the others. I'm assuming her story is picked up in another novel, because this one just seemed to end. I did not know much about this wife of Henry VIII, so the novel introduced her to me and prompted me to look further into the person that she was. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Mar 5, 2021 |
I liked the book but not one of my favorites among the Philippa Gregory novels I have read thus far. Some people have complained about the italics whereby it was Katherine of Aragon thinking - but I didn't mind it at all. I guess what I didn't care for was that it was mainly her early life with Arthur, which I enjoyed, her early years with Henry, again which I enjoyed but then it just jumps to the end and does not explore what her feelings were when Anne Boylen entered the arena so to speak. All in all though a good read. ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |

Addition to my TBR from a bookcrossing meeting

I will willingly admit that my knowledge of certain periods of history are lax to say the least: I know that Katherine of Aragon was married to King Henry VIII’s brother Arthur. After Arthur’s death, still aged 16, she became Henry’s first wife, only to be usurped by Anne Boleyn. What has been missing are the small details of how that marriage could be arranged, against the rules set out in the bible (Leviticus 20: Verse 21: If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity. He has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.).


The book is split into 4 parts: the first being Caterina’s (Catherine’s) childhood and marriage to Arthur, Henry’s olderbrother. In this book, Caterina and Arthur are madly in love as he dies, the marriage has been consummated, and it is her promise to Arthur as much as anything that drives the following decisions she makes. Part 2 covers the years between Arthur’s death and her marriage to Henry 6 years later. Part 3 is her second marriage until Henry and Catherine’s coronation; Part 4 are the following few years as Catherine becomes queen, only for her position to be undermined by the multiple miscarriages along withe the developing threats of her husband’s wandering eye (in particular Anne Boleyn).

It is Catherine’s childhood following her parents around Spain that influences her later ability to rule England (suppressing the Scots) whilst Henry is in France. Her strength in war, combined with an almost fervent belief in the Catholic faith – and that her actions are defined by God – are continually foremost in her mind.
katherine of aragonKatherine of Aragon

Whilst pregnant for the first time, she realises that there are no decent doctors in western Europe, as the only ones who know anything (Jews and Moors) have been driven out by her parents. When she does find a moorish doctor to consult, it has to be in secret, and she realises he is the only one she can trust to tell her the truth. When she later defends England successfully against the Scots, she has the opportunity to decimate the Scottish lands after the Scottish King has been destroyed, only chooses not to.

Finally, the book jumps forward approx 16 years, where Katherine is preparing herself to face her husband and accusers who wish to pronounce her marriage invalid so that Henry can marry Anne. It is this act, and the political machinations behind it, that lead to the break with Rome and the setting up of the Church Of England.

There are two voices in this book – that of the standard 3rd party narrative, interspersed with a first person narrative of Katherine herself. The 3rd person was more successful I thought, and I did tire of the relentless, occasional multiple page italicised first person narrative of Catherine, and ended up skimming much. However, the very short, one liners, were very effective, so wonder if this tool could have been used to better effect? Overall however, I enjoyed the book, and it was a decent addition to a missing gap in my historical narrative
  nordie | Jan 30, 2021 |
This book kept me intrigued about this part of history. The molding of her thinking by her parents about God's wishes was evident when she leaves their house as still a young impressionable teen. Easy to understand why she believed herself so right in everything she did. Liked reading about her marriage to Arthur and their growth as people. It fit her wishes to follow his deathbed request. Glad to see her attempt to mold Henry VIII into a decent person while keeping her marriage happy. Surprised she did not give into his father. Again religion plays into the wars and fighting which was too much at the end although that is what happened in history. End of book made it seem like you need to read next book in series because the ending was so abrupt. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
This is such a fascinating moment in history. Katherine of Aragon is a fascinating historical character. She was poised, regal and confident in extremely trying circumstances. Her response to Henry's nonsense has stood the test of time.
This book is just a joke. I like that it explores her marriage to Arthur. I believe that Katherine and Arthur's marriage was consummated. I think Katherine lied because she believed it was her destiny to be Queen of England and the only way forward was to lie.
'Spain' of Katherine's times was an experiment, it was unclear if the most Catholic majesties could actually manage to join their nations and create a new country out of that combination. It was unclear if the joining would continue past the deaths of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand. The arrangement almost didn't survive their deaths. Isabel and Ferdinand strategically married their children to support their new country. Isabel strongly believed that God gave her that mission and I believe that Katherine was raised to believe the same.
So many interesting tales exist it's really a shame the author decided to focus on this subpar storyline. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine of Aragon has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. But tragically, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his young bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother Henry, become Queen, and fulfill their dreams and her destiny.

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