• The Constant Princess

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Series: Tudor, Book 1
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-12-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (93 ratings)


Katherine of Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to parents who are both rulers and warriors. Aged four, she is betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, and is raised to be Queen of England. She is never in doubt that 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 in her new country 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. But when the studious young man dies, she is left to make her own future: how can she now be queen, and found a dynasty? Only by marrying Arthur's young brother, the sunny but spoilt Henry. His father and grandmother are against it; her powerful parents prove little use. Yet Katherine is her mother's daughter and her fighting spirit is strong. She will do anything to achieve her aim; even if it means telling the greatest lie, and holding to it.
Philippa Gregory proves yet again that behind the apparently familiar face of history lies an astonishing story: of women warriors influencing the future of Europe, of revered heroes making deep mistakes, and of an untold love story.
©2005 Philippa Gregory (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London UK
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4 out of 5 stars
By Phil on 06-01-18

very good

good story, narration with Spanish accent excellent however used for Henry also so confusing occasionally.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carli on 12-05-17

Another great story

loved it. shorter than some others i have spent credit on but very enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rayne on 01-12-15

Excellent Book

I love this book and the narrator. This is a fantastic story, filling you with feels and the difference in the narrators voice brings this story to life. The Spanish accent for La Infanta of Spain is wonderful and adds so much to the story. :D Highly recommend it!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Glenys on 31-01-10

Audio irritating.

Having enjoed Philippa Gregory's work in the past, The Constant Princess perhaps is not a bad novel, but the audio I found extremely irritating.

The 'Princess" has a Spanish accent (which is fitting) which was rather annoying, made all the more so by the echoing sound the voice made when we hear her thoughts.

This is one book I would have preferred to read rather than listen to.

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