Constant Princess, The
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i do enjoy the way gregory portrays her historical characters and makes them real; funnily, it's always exactly how i perceived them to be. i can just imagine katherine to be goal-driven, determined, and infallible.
i never believed katherine's "lie", and i liked that gregory based the novel around it and gave it a new dynamic. it was interesting to learn more of catalina the infanta of spain too. sometimes i think katherine is the forgotten queen of king henry viii's reign, since history seems focussed on anne boleyn. it was nice to read of a different perspective of the tudor court and it's wayward king.
recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction!
i look forward to reading more of philippa gregory in the near future.
" 'Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England, come into court!'
This is me. This is my moment. This is my battle cry.
I step forwards."
What I liked most about this book was the character development of Catalina, how she quite literally grew up to be an adult and started to realize her mother's actions weren't always the best and that there are different perspectives out there which can be just as valuable. An important lesson, I think, and worked out well in this book.
I do think the book was a bit tedious at times, especially the middle part, where she's basically waiting for her marriage to Harry. It does fit the narrative in a way that it must've felt like forever to her - all that waiting for years with only one thought on her mind - but it did get a bit boring while reading about it. Only a little bit though. :D
Anyway, so I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of Philippa Gregory's work! Thank you, sorcha-sidhe, for introducing me to this excellent writer!
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I have enjoyed the way Gregory "puts" you in the time and allows you to experience "Tudor England".
Plan to release it in the USA or perhaps on an international flight.