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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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