The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

The thing I disliked about reading this book was also what I loved about reading this book. The flipping from first person narrator to omniscient bothered me because the “constant princess” is well, a princess. Really, who wants to know exactly what a young princess is thinking, she was sort of exasperating to say the least.  Filled with the intrigue of court life, Spanish politics, romance, religion, consummation and wars it all takes a backseat to watching Catalina Infanta of Spain grow up into Katherine of Aragon Queen of England and that was really well done. I realize that we had to get through the annoying princess stage to get to the end result but that doesn’t’ mean I liked reading it at the time!

Would I recommend it? Yes, but don’t read it first, I’d hate for you to be put off a great author by a silly princess. Read one of her others like The Virgin’s Lover first, then, when you love it come back for this one later.

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3 comments on “The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

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