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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Plaidy Narrator: Anne Flosni Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Katharine of Aragon Trilogy Release Date:
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In the eyes of the world, Katharine of Aragon was a precious object to be disposed of for the glory of Spain. Her parents, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, send her to England to become the bride of Arthur, Prince of Wales. But soon her frail husband was dead, and a fateful question loomed: Was the marriage consummated, or was the young widow still a virgin? On that delicate point hinged Katharine’s—and England’s—future. Meanwhile, waiting in the wings was her willful, handsome brother-in-law, bold Prince Henry, who alone had the power to restore Katharine’s lost position—but at what cost?

Jean Plaidy’s narrative genius sparkles in this story of a remarkable royal marriage that inspired some of history’s bloodiest deeds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Plaidy excels at blending history with romance and drama.”

    New York Times

  • “Skilful blending of superb storytelling and meticulous attention to authenticity of detail.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Narrator Anne Flosnik invigorates Jean Plaidy’s novel about Katharine’s prolonged struggle to regain security amid political intrigue and the whims of all-powerful royalty. Flosnik portrays young Katharine with both dignity and fear as she vacillates between regal splendor and near poverty.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara W | 1/13/2014

    " Katherine of Aragon (daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain) around the time when she was married to Arthur Prince of Wales (son of Henry VII). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 1/4/2014

    " As a stand alone book it would have been interesting and that is why I gave it three stars. It is however not a stand alone book but one in a series and as that it is dull since it repeats a lot already said in part 1. Can't say I look forward to reading part 3 as I am afraid the same will occur. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alex | 12/27/2013

    " This book wasn't bad, but being written in the 1960's just made it too boring for me. Not sure I would read the rest of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Myra | 12/16/2013

    " Very interesting. Easy historical read. Recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about the Tudors, but cannot stand boring fiction. "

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About the Author
Author Jean Plaidy

Jean Plaidy, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy’s novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.