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    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

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    "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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    sentimental slop full of historical inaccuracies

    Mrs Gregory is supposed to be a historian. She must have written this book when she was not. I'm afraid there are many errors, many historical inadequacies in this book. She places -for instance- the New Year on the first of January, and should have known that until 1752, New Year started on the 25 March (Lady Day), she speaks of America at a time when "America" did not exist, her knowledge of the Roman Catholic Religion is also very poor (NO woman would EVER hold a monstrance ! Only a priest! Even today !), and Catherine, who was very pious, would never have made such an outward lie about her virginity (for more than 30 years !) it would have meant for her "eternal damnation" ! There are many other details such as the "feminist" way of thinking of her heroin which is totally anachronistic. I did not finish the book. Had it not been based on "history" it might have been bearable.
    Nevertheless, the reading performance is very good and very lively.. It is the only thing I liked.