The Constant Princess

The Constant Princess

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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"I am Catalina, Princess of Spain, daughter of the two greatest monarchs the world has ever known...and I will be Queen of England." Thus, bestselling author Philippa Gregory introduces one of her most unforgettable heroines: Katherine of Aragon. Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine 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. Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law's desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years, she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life. In The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history's most inspiring women and creates one of the most compelling characters in historical fiction.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon & Schuster Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2005.
Edition: Abridged.
ISBN: 0743552245
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (360 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Burton, Kate


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Rachiecakes Feb 10, 2010

the abridgement RUINED this book for me. The story goes on at a steady but appropirate pace, starting when Catherine is a young princess. And just when the story is picking up -- when she's in the frontlines of her battle to have an heir -- POOF! She's middle aged and dethroned.

Very disappointing. Don't read the CD version if you can help it.


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