The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: Learning about the early life of Katherine of Aragon was so fascinating. It seems that she is always featured in books, but only as the wife that Henry is trying to get rid of so he can marry Anne Boleyn. It was nice to learn about Katherine before that time.

How I Felt: I was so intrigued by a story I had not known before. I had no idea who Katherine’s parent were, what kind of family she came from, etc. I felt the story brought to life this woman and her history.

To Read Or Not To Read: If you like historical fiction this is a great one for you. Readers interested in Henry the VIII will find this book quite enjoyable!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

This story starts with Katherine of Aragon, engaged at the age of 4 to the Prince of Wales, Arthur. She is raised to be the Queen she will one day become. When she finally sails for England, she is introduced to a father-in-law she doesn’t like and a husband who isn’t much better. She slowly starts to become comfortable in her new life, but then Arthur dies. She was raised to be a Queen and determines to set her sights on the next King in line.


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Courtesan by Diane Haegar

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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What I Loved: The love story between Henri and Diane de Poitiers was so interesting! I had not read a book surrounding a start to finish story this way before.

How I Felt: This story follows Diane and Henri from the start of their relationship. You are happy and sad and heartbroken with them.

To Read or Not To Read: This is a book for any historical romance lovers or anyone interested in the French courts.

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Diane de Poitiers is a newly windowed French subject. She is called to court by King Francois, who longs to have her. She is marked as an enemy by the King’s favorite, Anne d’Heilly, but finds a friend in Prince Henri. They fall in love, but are interrupted by the marriage announcement of Prince Henri to Catherine de Medici. Can their scandalous love affair survive Henri’s new marriage?


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