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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gregory's story is as ambitious as its main character.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Philippa Gregory is a mesmerizing storyteller."
    -- The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
  • When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league."
    -- Daily Mail (UK)
  • “Philippa Gregory is a mesmerizing storyteller.”

    Sunday Telegraph

  • “In her addictive new novel, [Gregory] turns her eye to Katherine of Aragon, a princess who became Queen of England—all by dint of a well-kept secret.”

    Marie Claire

  • “When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league.”

    Daily Mail

  • “Gregory's skill for creating suspense pulls the reader along despite the historical novel's foregone conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An excellent choice for historical fiction collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Philippa Gregory never disappoints…Riveting…This is a beautifully written book that will transport, entertain and amuse anyone with an interest in history.”

    Bookreporter.com

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leigh Ann | 2/18/2014

    " My favorite of the series by far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heidi Beaman | 2/17/2014

    " Absolutly loved this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy Ellis | 2/6/2014

    " I really like the way Ms. Gregory does her work. She does intense research, blends all the information, comes to her own conclusions, forms her own theories, and turns them into a really good read! In this story of Katherine of Aragon, we finally see Katherine treated as a vibrant, intelligent woman, not just a sad old woman as depicted in so many stories of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. I thought it got a bit bogged down and over-romanticized in her relationship with Prince Arthur, but who knows what really happened and it's certainly interesting to explore all the different possibilities! Very enjoyable to read a good novel that is also filled with fascinating historical info! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Grace | 1/28/2014

    " I love historical fiction, especially those on British kings and queens and think no one tells it best in a story format that Phillippa Gregory. That said...I listened to this book and it kept me interested and, altho it wasn't up to her normal riveting read, I enjoyed it nonetheless. "

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