The Constant Princess

by Philippa Gregory | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 000719031x Global Overview for this book
Registered by voveryte of Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on 2/24/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, February 24, 2007
Katherine of Aragon is betrothed at the age of three to Prince Arthur, son and heir of Henry VII of England. She is raised to be Princess of Wales, and knows it is her destiny to rule that far-off, wet, cold land.

Her faith is tested when her prospective father-in-law greets her arrival with a great insult; Arthur seems little better than a boy; the food is strange and the customs coarse. Slowly she adapts to the first Tudor court, and life as Arthur's wife grows ever more bearable. Unexpectedly in this arranged marriage, a tender and passionate love develops.

But when the studious young man dies, she is left to make her own future: how can she now be a queen, and found a dynasty? Only by marrying Arthur's young brother, the sunny but spoilt Henry.

Journal Entry 2 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, August 24, 2008
I have planned a ring for this lovely book.

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Bluemchenblatt - France (int, econ.)
chich - France (int.)
Mallary - France
kalise - Austria (int.ok)
amcamp1644 - South Korea (int.)
Wandering-B - Hong Kong (int.)
maccanena - UK
Bookworm-lady - Spain (EU)
back to me, voveryte
bearyfriend - Singapore
Meg72 - Portugal
Icila - France
teggers - UK
back to voveryte again


Journal Entry 3 by wingBluemchenblattwing from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Thursday, November 06, 2008
I fetched it from the Post Office at some point last week. Thank you! I've started reading it and it caught me right away, but studies first so hopefully it won't stay too long with me.

Journal Entry 4 by wingBluemchenblattwing from Paris, Ile-de-France France on Friday, November 14, 2008
This historical novel has absolutely captivated me and it was very hard to keep focused on studies instead of continuing to read. But work charge being as it is, I've rarely been able to dip into this book - the moments I did, it completely fascinated me, made me grin and cry and wish to be close to my sweetheart.
I was astonished how well Catalina's replies seemed to be adapted to the situation overall, but also always to her current position! The only thing that actually didn't fit, was the -rather abrupt- ending.

I'm curious to read more from Gregory's writing and hope the upcoming readers will enjoy this book as much as I did!
I already have chich's adress and hope to manage to get to a post office soon.

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The Contant Princess took a carriage to Chich.
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Journal Entry 6 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Image hosting by Photobucket Book received today, thanks so much for passing it on Bluemchenblatt! I wonder why it took that long for the book to travel such a short distance;o) Thanks for starting this ring voveryte!

I'll finish the book I'm reading right now and will get right on to this one.

Journal Entry 7 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Monday, February 16, 2009
Yet another fantastic read from Philippa Gregory! Once I started this book I just couldn't put it down:)

Thanks again for sharing voveryte:o)

I've already asked Mallary for her address and will send her the book ASAP.

Journal Entry 8 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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Book sent to Mallary today, enjoy!



Entry #5 for the 2009 Keep Them Moving Challenge

Journal Entry 9 by Mallary from Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Thursday, March 12, 2009
A thousand apologies for not journalling this when it arrived.
I felt sure I had! I have finished reading the book now and I found it really hard to put down.
I wasn't as glued as I was to The Queen's Fool which remains my favourite Philippa Gregory but I have to admit to going to bed early every night just to read for as many hours as possible!
Thanks for including me in the ring. I am now pming kalise for her address and if possible will post it today.

Journal Entry 10 by Mallary at Ginestas, Languedoc-Roussillon France on Monday, March 16, 2009

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On it's way to kalise in Austria... enjoy!

Journal Entry 11 by kalise from St. Florian bei Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Monday, March 23, 2009
Book arrived safely here in Austria, yippey!! Will get to it ASAP! Thank you, Mallary, for sending it!! :-)

Journal Entry 12 by kalise from St. Florian bei Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Friday, March 27, 2009
Reading this story from Katherine's perspective was superbly interesting, and even though this is a work of fiction, I learned quite a lot about the era. Like many other people, I suppose, I kept seeing her merely as the rather sallow, plain and prim Katherine who Henry VIII put aside for the more glamorous Anne Boleyn, and I never bothered to think about her life as a Spanish princess before she came to England, as the proud and beautiful daughter of Isabel and Ferdinand, who must indeed have been profoundly homesick for her parents and her home country. I think the writer does a superb job in sketching the princess' early years, palace life in the Alhambra, and then the tremendous culture shock she experiences upon coming to England. That was fascinating reading.
As a character I did not necessarily find her likeable, though, and found it difficult to warm up to her (or to any other character). I don't know. It's great that she's proud and haughty and assertive and aware of who she is and what she plans on becoming - but her repetitive mantra of "I have been raised to become the future Queen of England" - becomes really old by mid-novel, and at this point I started to get somewhat annoyed.
I also thought that Arthur was a thinly sketched character and Henry (Harry) could've had more flesh as well - but I enjoyed reading about him as a sunny, but boisterous and spoiled little boy.
I also would have been interested to read about her life after the divorce. Where did she live? How did she cope? Did she feel completely beaten? Did she bow to the situation, accepting it as "God's will" or did she find empowerment in the knowledge that her daughter Mary was going to be Queen one day (and earn herself the nickname of Bloody Mary...)?


Thank you, voveryte for sharing the book! I will PM the next participant in line and try to move the book on ASAP.











Journal Entry 13 by kalise at Linz, Oberösterreich Austria on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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I sent the book to amcamp1644 today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 14 by amcamp1644 from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, April 10, 2009
Received. Thanks kalise!

Journal Entry 15 by amcamp1644 from Rockville, Maryland USA on Sunday, April 19, 2009
Nice, quick read. PMing Wandering-B

Journal Entry 16 by amcamp1644 at Chuncheon, Kangwon-do South Korea on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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Sent out today. Enjoy.

Journal Entry 17 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Arrived in today's post. Thanks amcamp1644 for sending it to me and voveryte for sharing with us all!

Journal Entry 18 by maccanena from Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Monday, May 18, 2009
The book arrived this weekend.

Thanks Wandering-B!

Now looking at the list I am confused. It seems we have skipped two people between Wandering-B and myself. Is there some reason for this? Should I send it to the next in the list, Bookworm-lady, or to Jean-sol or Bearyfriend?

Looking forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 19 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, May 18, 2009
Thanks for letting know, maccanena. skipped people will be added to the list again once the shipping preferences are clear.

Please, please, always remember to update the status of the book to avoid misunderstandings as this one. The JE stated that the book was TBR and at the possession of Wandering-B, in the meantime, new people were added while apparently the book was already travelling to maccanena.

Thanks for co-operation!

Journal Entry 20 by maccanena from Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
No problems with international shipping, I will send it to Jean-Sol in Australia.

Expect a PM from me soon!

EDIT: CORRECTION. It seems that after all we will continue the flow as it was and it will go to Australia afterwards. So it will go now to Bookworm-lady in Spain, who I will PM soon.

Journal Entry 21 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Tuesday, May 19, 2009
So sorry to have messed up the shipping order on this ring. I was in a hurry to pass the book along and had already requested the next address. Rather than checking, and evidently without making a journal entry, I just mailed it on. Thanks, voveryte for sharing this with us all - I did enjoy living through this time period and learned quite a lot about Katherine of Aragon.

Journal Entry 22 by maccanena from Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Friday, June 05, 2009
Finished it! Will be sending it off to Bookworm-lady in Spain monday or tuesday.

I always like when history becomes so amenable, but I think Philippa Gregory's books tend to drag a little. A few pages fewer would have done the book good, in my humble opinion. I enjoyed seeing the conflict of Catalina's desire for all the advancements of the Moors with the traditions and knowledge in England at the time. Also liked the evolution of Catalina's maturity through the book, the events that make her grow as a person, and how in the end she realizes her parents were only human and made mistakes and she has to make her own moral decisions.

Journal Entry 23 by maccanena at Madrid, Madrid Spain on Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Mailed to Bookworm-Lady in Spain yesterday.
Enjoy!

Journal Entry 24 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Monday, June 15, 2009
Thank you for sending this on, Maccanena; and thanks for sharing, Voveryte.
(I love the bookmark, not sure who sent it! Thanks!)
I am looking forward to reading this one.
Eva

Journal Entry 25 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I am currently reading it, and so far enjoying it very much!
I will contact Voveryte for instructions; thanks for sharing!
Eva

Journal Entry 26 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Sunday, November 01, 2009
This made gripping reading... I won't give it a 9, though, because the first part (Catherine's relationship with Arthur) was a bit long and repetitive for my taste.
However, Ms Gregory's works are always a pleasure to read, well researched and page-turners...
There is a controversial theory in this one... I won't give it away, but it goes against all historians' research. I can't say I agree with it, but I understand it makes for a better plot than the naked truth...
However, this book shows an unknown side of this "constant princess": as a war strategist, who even lead troops into battle. We are used to thinking about her as a dowdy, plump queen, reluctant to leave her throne. This allows her to occupy her rightful place in history... controversial therories aside.
Congrats to Kalise, who makes a very accurate analysis of this book, with which I agree!
I've always liked this portrait (see pic) that shows her as a young girl.
I already have Voveryte's address (thanks for sharing!), and the book will soon be on its way to her.
Eva

Journal Entry 27 by wingBookworm-ladywing at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, November 05, 2009

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Sent today back to Voveryte.
Thanks for sharing, it is a great book!
Eva

Journal Entry 28 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Thursday, November 12, 2009
Received today!
thanks everyone who participated so far! The book is ready to travel some more...

Journal Entry 29 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It arrived, thanks. Did someone said this Katherine was that King Henry VIII's wife who was unable to give him a male heir, and thus leading to his affairs with the other Boleyn Girl? I believe it's going to be interesting read from Princess Katherine's point of view. Will start after my other current read.

Journal Entry 30 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Sunday, December 13, 2009
This is the 2nd Philippa Gregory's historical novel I've read after The Other Boleyn Girl, but one thing reading her books is you never know how much is fiction and how much truth especially for me who do not know much about this History. I enjoyed this better probably because a larger part was written about her love with Arthur; and also her life in Spain being the daughter of Queen Isabella and Kind Ferdinand. Philippa's picturesque description of the Palace in Spain was also very captivating, making me wonder was that place really so beautiful and out of the world. Will be finishing soon, only the last part to go. Meg72 has sent me her add, will drop it off to her next week.

Journal Entry 31 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Friday, December 18, 2009
Sending off to Meg72 today. Didn't quite like the last part. I still like best the romance between Catalina and Arthur and how every night he asked 'Tell me a story", and Catalina will talk about her childhood in Spain living in that beautiful palace, and about her parents etc... Actually i pity Catalina for her life in England, and that daughters are being used like goods for political reasons to bridge goodwill between countries.

Journal Entry 32 by Meg72 from Ílhavo, Aveiro Portugal on Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The book has arrived! I´m still finishing another one, but I hope to get into this story as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 33 by Meg72 at Aveiro, Aveiro Portugal on Thursday, February 04, 2010

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Although this book gives a good account of the early years of the Tudor era, I must confess that I got stuck in the middle. The beginning seemed promising, with the description of the conquest of Granada and Katherine´s trip to England. But when the future queen fell in love with Arthur, I felt the story drag along, without going anywhere in particular. The fact that Katherine kept repeating "It is God´s will that I become Queen of England" didn´t help. Instead of seeing her as a determined woman, I thought she seemed more like a spoiled brat, who just couldn´t take no for an answer. They were most problably like that in those days, but I just couldn´t warm up to the characters.
Nevertheless, I always like discovering new authors and I thank you for sharing.
Off it goes to Icila, in France!

Journal Entry 34 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Safe at home, thanks Meg 72

Journal Entry 35 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Sunday, March 07, 2010
As a matter of fact, I was just booking tickets for the Alhambra when I started to read it. How strange !

I liked the book and it helped me to remember this part of history but I think that the author didn't know how to finish the story and was a bit disappointed with the last chapters.

Pming teggers.

Journal Entry 36 by teggers from Mansfield, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, March 11, 2010
Arrived safe and sound. I am a bit buys with school at the moment but I'll get to it as soon as I can.

Journal Entry 37 by teggers from Mansfield, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I really enjoyed this book, it took a while to read like most novels I attempt while at uni. I enjoyed seeing a part of history in a slightly different way, many people don't know that Henry VIII actually had an older brother and its interesting to look at how that could have affected his ability to rule and the what if's of if Arthur had lived.

Journal Entry 38 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, April 26, 2010
The book is now safe at home and going to rest for a little while until further trips are planned.

THANKS SO MUCH everyone for participating and making this book travel around the world - much appreciated!

Journal Entry 39 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I'm just back from Andalucia and was 1n the Alhambra last tuesday where I remembered Catalina and her longing.
Thanks.

Journal Entry 40 by voveryte at Rotherhithe, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 29, 2012
A RABCK for an unsuspecting bookcrosser... Enjoy!

Journal Entry 41 by sunshinedreem at Frederick, Maryland USA on Friday, June 08, 2012
Received yesterday, thank you!

Journal Entry 42 by sunshinedreem at Frederick, Maryland USA on Monday, August 27, 2012

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Sending to the winner of my book box drawing. I hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 43 by wingBasculawing at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, August 31, 2012
Holy cow! this book has been all over the world. Thanks so much for sending it to me in the bookbox I won.

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