Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory.

Author: Philippa Gregory
ISBN: 0-000001-423082
Genre: Historical Fiction.

Publisher: QPD

"Splendid and sumptuous historical novel from this internationally bestselling author, telling of the early life of Katherine of Aragon. We think of her as the barren wife of a notorious king; but behind this legacy lies a fascinating story. Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to parents who are both rulers and warriors. Aged four, she is betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, and is raised to be Queen of England. She is never in doubt that it is her destiny to rule that far-off, wet, cold land. Her faith is tested when her prospective father-in-law greets her arrival in her new country with a great insult; Arthur seems little better than a boy; the food is strange and the customs coarse. Slowly she adapts to the first Tudor court, and life as Arthur's wife grows ever more bearable. But when the studious young man dies, she is left to make her own future: how can she now be queen, and found a dynasty? Only by marrying Arthur's young brother, the sunny but spoilt Henry. His father and grandmother are against it; her powerful parents prove little use. Yet Katherine is her mother's daughter and her fighting spirit is strong.She will do anything to achieve her aim; even if it means telling the greatest lie, and holding to it. Philippa Gregory proves yet again that behind the apparently familiar face of history lies an astonishing story: of women warriors influencing the future of Europe, of revered heroes making deep mistakes, and of an untold love story which changes the fate of a nation."

This is the fourth Philippa Gregory book I have read, and I have to say I totally loved it.
I enjoyed this book so much it comes second to The Other Boleyn Girl.
This is a love story between Catalina, Infanta of Spain (who becomes Queen Katherine of England to Henry VIII) and Arthur, Henry VII son. Arthur dies and Catalina (Katherine) makes a death bed promise to him and must full fill it.

This story is based on true facts and I love how Philippa brings our historical figures alive. Katherine of Aragon is my most favorite and loved Queen of England. I loved this book so much, it is just simply beautiful. Well done Philippa!

My verdict: A beautiful love story.


Daphne said...

I really enjoyed this book as well. I know some people have not liked it very well, but I really loved seeing the young Catalina and Arthur together.

Margo. said...

Same here, I loved reading about those two together.

Reading Mom said...

Hi Margo, this is your blog friend Margo that also loves Philippa Gregory. I have not read this yet but borrowed it from a friend. I am so glad to hear a great review. I do not yet have The Boleyn Inheritance but will track it down this summer. Just read Rise and Shine by Quindlen and liked it alot.

Rhinoa said...

This is one of the few by her I haven't yet read. I will get around to it and the latest one soon. I am really looking forward to them and I am glad you enjoyed it.