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The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
The Constant Princess of Philippa Gregory's historical novel is Katherine of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain and first wife of Henry VIII. She was originally married to Henry's older brother Arthur as a teenager. When Arthur died soon after, she kept her deathbed promise to him to marry Henry, claiming to still be a virgin because of Arthur's impotence. Philippa Gregory re-imagines Katherine's life from her girlhood, where she always knew she'd be married to the Prince of Wales for political reasons, to her struggle to live in the foreign land of England, growing in both political skills and learning the reality of her parents' and her role in world events. In the end she was undone by the ambitious Anne Boleyn and a husband who would use any reason to divorce her. The Constant Princess has received positive reviews with the London Times saying, "If romantic historical novels are your cup of tea, The Constant Princess will not disappoint. Gregory vividly reconstructs life in the Spanish royal household, and contributes to the sense of Katherine's foreignness: through her eyes, England is indeed a strange land."