The Constant Princess – Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool, The Virgin’s Lover, and The Boleyn Inheritance. A writer and broadcaster for radio and television, she lives in England. She welcomes visitors and messages at her website, http://www.philippagregory.com.

The book in one sentence: The historical fiction of Queen Katherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII.

Who would you recommend it to: Readers interested in the English monarchy, or someone interested in historical romance.

OK bits: I like the romance between Catalina (her Spanish name – Katherine was the English version) and Arthur, the Prince of Wales she was betrothed to before he died unexpectedly.

Boring bits: I didn’t like the beginning, and how Katherine actually think it’s God’s bidding for her to be queen, that she rationalises her schemes and tricks to become Queen of England. However, the story explains well why she has such an outlook in life.

Random review quote:

“Another terrific novel by Philippa Gregory, The Constant Princess portrays the lies, deceit, and behind-the-scenes manipulations at the Tudor court and may just answer the burning question about Katherine’s first marriage and how her own monumental lie changed the course of history in England” -Romance Reviews Today, Romrevtoday.com

Verdict: It was pretty boring at first, but I was hooked into it after a while. I learnt more about the English monarchy in this book than I did in my English Civilization class. 😛 (But that’s just a small bit, having just focused on Katherine’s story, as well as being fictionalised. That said, I’d definitely be looking out for the author’s other books on the Tudor royalty.)

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