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3.00001659145208 out of 53.00001659145208 out of 53.00001659145208 out of 53.00001659145208 out of 53.00001659145208 out of 5 3.00 (60,272 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Jill Tanner Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tudor Court Novels Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781442342316
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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 latest compellingly dramatizes how Catalina uses her faith, her cunning and her utter belief in destiny to reclaim her rightful title. By alternating tight third-person narration with Catalina’s unguarded thoughts and gripping dialogue, the author presents a thorough, sympathetic portrait of her heroine and her transformation into Queen Katherine.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jill Tanner uses a light touch to portray the young prince and princess, and ages her voice as the story progresses through Catherine of Aragon’s life…Gregory’s accurate history blends well with her fictional lifestyle of the young royals, and Tanner’s performance completes a satisfying package.”

    AudioFile

  • “This fascinating portrait of a proud, intelligent, and passionate woman captures the political turmoil of the era; a secondary plot involving Katherine's single-minded filial devotion to her parents makes her an even more vulnerable and complex character. An excellent choice for historical fiction collections.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Gregory makes the broad sweep of history vibrant and intimate.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/23/2016

    " I must admit that I was weary of this book after reading Gregory's, "The Other Boleyn" and "The Boleyn Inheritance". I was disgusted by the Tudor men and so OVER Henry and his abuse of his wives. This was a refreshing story of the strength and perseverance of the Spanish princess, with a twist as to her motivations and intentions. Like the future wives of Henry VIII, she has to go through a lot to get where she was and had to demure herself to the men in her life. This book also shows Katharine to be the strength in the marriage and the reason she remained the most dear queen to the people of England, even with the unfortunate marital religious choices of her husband. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaschenbrenner | 2/19/2014

    " Couldn't get through it so I stopped reading. It was not as interesting as the other Tudor books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marika Alexander | 2/15/2014

    " Interesting to learn more about the daughter of Queen Isabella & King Ferdinand of Spain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea Kong | 2/12/2014

    " The beginning started off really well.....but I guess when one of your favorite character dies, you don't feel like reading it anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aria Williams | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book , the possibility of there being love between Arthur and catalina was magical. Thank you for a great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Johnson | 2/1/2014

    " As always this novel was great! It gave you an indept look at Katherine of Aragon. Was the lie she told all for the greater good or was she lying to save herself from a life a poverty? The Constant Princess is a wonderful tale of love, lost, intrigue, double dealing, and liars. If your interest lies in historical figures, then Philippa Gregory is just the author to quench your appetite! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 1/31/2014

    " Didn't like this one as much as the others because Catalina got on my nerves but an interesting take on a much maligned and undervalued Tudor Queen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 EDian | 1/25/2014

    " I started reading the third book in what could be considered this series and decided to start at the beginning of King Henry VII's wives. I don't know how historically accurate it is, but is was so interesting reading about how Catherine of Aragon came to be the first of Henry's wives. Did you know she was always to be the Queen of England but not Henry's wife? Such a pawn! There's romance and adventure and the sad tale of what becomes of her and Henry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 1/18/2014

    " I read this on the plane to Vietnam eight years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary Prawdzik | 1/17/2014

    " Of all of her books, I liked this one the best. It certainly provided a perspective on the life of a loyal and dutifull daughter, raised to be the Queen of England. The latter years of her life married to Henry VIII truly tested her mettle. I enjoyed this book very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 12/3/2013

    " Listened to this in my car. Excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen S | 11/24/2013

    " Parts were quite good and gave an 'alternate' historical voice to Henry VIII's first wife. Parts were, I felt, padding and verged on 'bodice-ripper'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth A | 11/11/2013

    " Hard to not like these when historical fiction is my favorite genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey Wynne | 10/10/2013

    " It was good but the whole Spanish childhood bit was a bit overdone for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Bridges | 10/7/2013

    " Well, that's another way of seeing Katherine of Aragon... I'm not sure I believe any of it, but I enjoyed the book overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raquel | 10/6/2013

    " Loved it. I love Queen Katharine of Aragon and was not let down by Phillipa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 2/22/2013

    " Probably my favourite of hers and I found it v good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Winnie | 9/29/2012

    " Another brilliant read in this series - yet again well written and refreshingly original. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 8/11/2012

    " Katherine of Aragon is so interesting, but this novel dragged a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Dieden | 1/20/2012

    " Good history, not riveting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 7/7/2011

    " Good...I liked the story, and it was a fun read. I normally don't read Historical Fiction, but I would definitely reccomend this book to those who like romances and fictions in general. It isn't written in old-language, and overall I can't wait to read the other books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 6/2/2011

    " thanks for this book, linda! really liked it and learned a lot about the tudors. i could remember being the alhambra from her great descriptions of the scents and colors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 6/1/2011

    " Eh, not my favorite Philippa Gregory book. Not bad, but not great. Could've used a bit more fleshing out of the supporting charecters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devan | 5/13/2011

    " I loved this book! I'm a fan girl of Philippa Gregory and the whole time period, so this was right up my alley. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 5/5/2011

    " I am a huge history buff and this is one of my favorite authors in the world! she brings history to life in her books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 5/1/2011

    " i read everything of hers i can get my hands on this author got to me historical fiction which i had not liked before. love her "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/22/2011

    " Meh. It dragged quite a bit and then it was over quickly. I mean, she complained about wanting to be queen for the whole book and then she's finally queen and the book's over. And Gregory totally skipped over the whole Henry wanting to divorce her part. It could have been better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 4/22/2011

    " This is an excellent beginning to this series of books! I wish I would have read this first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari | 4/21/2011

    " I enjoyed reading about Katherine of Aragon, a strong female character, and learning a little more about the time of the Tudors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 4/20/2011

    " I actually liked this one more than The Other Bolyn Girl. But then again I like Katherine's character more, plus her story is so much better. If you are worried about inappropriate content skip page 49 last paragraph into page 50. Just pick back up at the italicized writing. "

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About the Author
Author Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally bestselling author of historical novels. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University. She is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Tudor series, which includes the enormously successful book The Other Boleyn Girl. There are currently over a million copies of The Other Boleyn Girl in print in the US alone; it was also made into a successful major motion picture starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Gregory also regularly contributes short stories, features, and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines.

About the Narrator

Jill Tanner was a principal actress with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for eight years and has appeared in many classical and new American plays. She has been in productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in most major theaters in the United States.