Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Constant Princess

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
Historical Fiction

Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. At a very young age she is betrothed to Prince Arthur, son of Henry VII of England. She has been raised to become first Princess of Wales and then Queen of England. She must learn new ways and customs as she travels to England to marry. He father-in-law to be is a tyrant and Arthur is little more than a boy.

After she marries she adapts and eventually a passionate love develops between her and Arthur. She is devastated when Arthur dies far too prematurely. Bearing in mind her constant upbringing of that to be Queen of England she becomes determined to marry Arthur's spoiled brother, Henry. With no help from her parents and unable to return home due to her dowry which is in question she manipulates and maneuvers herself to be Queen.

I found this book fascinating. Instead of covering the years with Henry so speedily, I wish Gregory had written it as a sequel.

First Line: "There was a scream, and then the loud roar of fire enveloping silken hangings, then a mounting crescendo of shouts of panic that spread and spread from one tent to another as flames ran too, leaping from one silk standard to another, running up guy ropes and bursting through muslin doors."


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