The Constant Princess introduces us to the real Katherine of Aragon, her feelings, emotions and beliefs are all on show for us to delve into. I really connected with the Spanish Queen and couldn’t help but love her strength, grace and insatiable tenacity. The most stunning aspect of the book, however, is Gregory’s depiction of Katherine’s childhood. You learn about her warrior mother, who was Spain’s equivalent to Zena the warrior Princess and about the Alhambra; the most beautiful palace you could ever imagine. Gregory’s descriptions of the tranquil canals and sparkling sunsets transport you to this palace of dreams...
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Entertaining enough for commute-reading. The portrayal of the main character is a bit simplistic and not very well developed. More importantly, with this author you never know how much she is making up and how much there is in terms of reliable historical facts....Continua
Learning about Catherine of Aragon was very inspiring. I love how Gregory takes historical documents and turns them into a very readable narrative.
I was glued to this book from the moment I picked it up. Philippa Gregory adds depth to a fascinating history of Britain and helped me connect a lot more with Henry's first wife.
I am not familiar with British history. However, I have a feeling that there is no big difference between the courts of the Eastern and the Western royal families.