The Constant Princess

by Philippa Gregory | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0743272498 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by MERCURE-BEZIERS from Béziers, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Catalina of Aragon's initially loveless arranged marriage to the crown prince Arthur secretly develops into an intimate relationship where they share their plans to rule England together once Arthur is king. But Arthur succumbs to the sweating sickness three months into their marriage and, in his deathbed, convinces Catalina to deny consummating their marriage so she can be considered a virgin and still eligible to marry his younger brother Harry and carry out their plans. She begins negotiations with King Henry VII to marry Harry, but Henry secretly lusts for her and refuses. After Queen Elizabeth dies, Henry offers his own hand in marriage and Catalina accepts. However, she immediately rescinds this when she realizes her only role as queen is to bear Henry's children (whom Henry will not favor over Harry in the line of succession), while his mother (Margaret Beaufort) takes over the queen's role in all but name. She pressures Henry to betroth her to Harry, which he eventually allows.

Years after her betrothal, Catalina and her retinue live in poverty as Henry refuses to sponsor her until her parents fulfill her dowry while her parents believe the English crown should pay for Arthur's widow. After her mother's death, Catalina hears rumors that Henry set aside her betrothal years ago and is arranging a marriage proposal between his children and the children of Catalina's sister. Catalina's father commands the Spanish ambassador to return the dowry he had sent, but makes no mention of saving Catalina. Catalina gets sick with worry, but is saved when Henry dies of sickness and Harry marries her despite his father's warnings. Catalina is restored to a position of wealth and respect and manipulates Harry to remove Margaret's power in court. Margaret's eventual death gives way for Catalina to truly rule alongside Harry, and they are crowned King Henry and Queen Katherine.

Journal Entry 2 by MERCURE-BEZIERS at Hôtel Mercure in Béziers, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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Catalina of Aragon's initially loveless arranged marriage to the crown prince Arthur secretly develops into an intimate relationship where they share their plans to rule England together once Arthur is king. But Arthur succumbs to the sweating sickness three months into their marriage and, in his deathbed, convinces Catalina to deny consummating their marriage so she can be considered a virgin and still eligible to marry his younger brother Harry and carry out their plans. She begins negotiations with King Henry VII to marry Harry, but Henry secretly lusts for her and refuses. After Queen Elizabeth dies, Henry offers his own hand in marriage and Catalina accepts. However, she immediately rescinds this when she realizes her only role as queen is to bear Henry's children (whom Henry will not favor over Harry in the line of succession), while his mother (Margaret Beaufort) takes over the queen's role in all but name. She pressures Henry to betroth her to Harry, which he eventually allows.

Years after her betrothal, Catalina and her retinue live in poverty as Henry refuses to sponsor her until her parents fulfill her dowry while her parents believe the English crown should pay for Arthur's widow. After her mother's death, Catalina hears rumors that Henry set aside her betrothal years ago and is arranging a marriage proposal between his children and the children of Catalina's sister. Catalina's father commands the Spanish ambassador to return the dowry he had sent, but makes no mention of saving Catalina. Catalina gets sick with worry, but is saved when Henry dies of sickness and Harry marries her despite his father's warnings. Catalina is restored to a position of wealth and respect and manipulates Harry to remove Margaret's power in court. Margaret's eventual death gives way for Catalina to truly rule alongside Harry, and they are crowned King Henry and Queen Katherine.

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