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The Constant Princess

Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

A splendid and sumptuous historical novel from the internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory, telling of the early life of Katherine of Aragon.

I was born a princess, destined to be queen, and I know my duty.

1491. Henry VII’s eldest son, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, has been betrothed since childhood to the Spanish princess Katherine of Aragon. Their marriage will cement the alliance Henry Tudor craves to secure his country.

But when Arthur’s sudden death leaves an 11-year-old boy heir to the kingdom, Henry Tudor must choose whether to send Katherine back to Spain or to marry her himself. Katherine has no son from her brief marriage to secure her future; her substantial dowry and his powerful contract are at stake.

Henry has reckoned without the determination of a young woman set on fulfilling her own destiny to be a queen - and the ambition of Prince Harry, the future Henry VIII.

©2018 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"One of Gregory's great strengths as a novelist is her ability to take familiar historical figures and flesh them into living breathing human beings. The Constant Princess is a worthy successor to her previous novels about the Tudors." (Daily Express)

"Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing." (Daily Mail)

"Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images...while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent." (DailyTelegraph)

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Another enjoyable read

I am reading all these books in order so this one is pretty much on par with them all - the descriptive writing draws you into the story and keeps you captivated until the end

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  • Mrs Harriet Watson
  • 18-09-2018

Boring.

This starts off very very slow, it picks up a bit at her time of marrying Arthur, and I will say that I did actually shed a tear when he died, however that was around chapter 5, it was downhill from there really. There was not much of a storyline and finishes very abruptly at a time that Catherine is most famous for.

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  • Jennyflubug
  • 18-11-2019

the constant Princess

I enjoyed the story but felt the end was lacking.up until then I was engrossed and couldn't put it down.

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  • Borbála
  • 12-03-2019

Beautiful novel, excellent narration

There is another version of this novel on Audible which is abridged and at first I bought that version by mistake but it was not enjoyable for me at all. I was very disappointed as I have read a lot from Philippa Gregory but then I realized what the problem was and I returned the abridged version and bought this full one.
I was very happy with the exchange. Not only is it incomparably more enjoyable in its full version but the narration is far better! Katrina Fernandez being of Spanish speaking origin, the accent is completely authentic, which was not at all the case in the abridged version.
As always with Philippa Gregory, I was completely immersed in this book, it is a riveting story as well as beautifully written history.

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  • Stu Young
  • 02-03-2019

Beautiful Narrative

A wonderful performance with a beautiful narrative that looks at the beauty and grace of the young Spanish Princess of Wales and her long road through two marriages, many highs and lows and the stability she helped bring to the early Tudor court of Henry VIII

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  • W. Simpson
  • 12-08-2018

DISAPPOINTING PRESENTATION

The Reader delivers the book in a strong Spanish accent which both my wife & I find impossible to listen to. Previously we have always enjoyed audiobooks by this author.

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  • Tracy
  • 15-06-2020

Absolutely Fantastic!

N amazing and believable rendition of the early life of Catherine of Aragon. I couldn't stop listening! The narrator made it come to life! AWESOME

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  • Mary Atkins
  • 06-06-2020

Great Read.

An enlightening story of a Queens bravery and dignity in the face of dishonesty and heartache.
well done.

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  • Leyla
  • 26-02-2020

Exceptional narration

In true Phillipa Gregory style, she pulls the reader into the perspective of the main character and creates a tale around historic figures, times and events which feels as if it were the truth.
The more of the authors books that you read / listen to you realise that she does this successfully for each book's main character(s) so in effect she represents a lot of historical characters from completely different view points yet each story seems realistic and as if it were the only truth.
In my opinion, it doesn't matter which order you listen to Ms. Geegory's books if you have a vague awareness of the times.
I always listen to Phillipa Gregory audiobooks straight through because they are far too intriguing to dilute with other books (high praise indeed from a listener who usually has 3 or 4 audiobooks on the go!)
This particular book was enhanced by the excellent narration. The narrator had me totally hooked with her accents and change of pace with different characters. Very talented!

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  • customer
  • 20-02-2020

Excellent reader

Loved the narration on this book. The actor gives us a strong, likeable, admirable heroine with just a touch of vulnerability. A really interesting look at the lesser considered period of Katherines young life and its profound affect on her adult life.

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  • Naomi Skilling
  • 12-04-2019

An Underrated Queen

This is a very good novel focusing on one of England's lesser loved and often overlooked queens, Katherine of Aragon. It is interesting to see her childhood and early years considering that we more commonly hear how her story ends. This version of Katherine is truly a queen.

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