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Patience, Princess Catherine Paperback – January 1, 2009
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Carolyn Meyer brought the world of Tudor England to life in this novel. Catherine is portrayed as a real young woman with hopes and dreams, making her ultimate fate seem all the more tragic. Readers who enjoyed the author's other books in the Young Royals series won't want to miss this one. It will also appeal to readers of the Royal Diaries series, and teens who enjoy historical fiction about royalty.
Having just finished Philippa Gregory's The Constant Princess, I sadly found this fictional retelling of Catherine's life sorely lacking. While Meyers does an adequate job sticking to the historical record in that Arthur is viewed as weak and sickly, his marriage to Catherine left unconsummated, facts alone do not a compelling story make. Meyers' incarnation of Catherine is curiously lifeless -- there is no suggestion of the vibrant queen who reigned at Henry's side for over twenty years, who fought for her marriage and position. Catherine here is immature, easily swayed, and -- thanks to the diary-like format of most of the novel -- frankly boring as there is no well-formed narrative, only a dry recitation of events punctuated by fictional insight into Henry's psyche.
Given the inevitable tragic conclusion of Henry and Catherine's marriage, the insight Meyer's attempts to provide into Henry's youthful view of Catherine suggest -- in this context -- that Henry harbored a passion for his first bride. Whether or not this is in fact the case, Meyer's writes Henry with the voice of a man much older than ten years of age when the book opens.Read more ›
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I love this book because it is the first time somebody has taken the time to write about Catherine of Aragon as an individual, every story I read of her has always been about the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Avid Book Reader
I absolutely love Carolyn Meyer and her writing style. I love how all of her books give you a personal first-hand look at these historical women and the challenges they faced.Published 15 months ago by Jennifer Bombay
I read the first book in 5th grade, now leaving 6th grade entering the world of 7th, this is a great series. I didn't know it was a series in till now, today to be exact. Read morePublished 18 months ago by FL MOM
this book is fairly researched and will ill provide your child with a romantic, but harmless view of Tudor life.Published 18 months ago by rockhound
This fantastic story by Caroline Meyer tells the story of Catherine of Aragon. I enjoyed this book because Meyer describes thoroughly the hardships and emotions of Catherine. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Matt &amp; Maureen McFall
This book was fascinating I was totally captivated by the story and can't wait to read more from this author.Published on December 25, 2013 by Jordan
The Young Royals series is terrific. I've purchased them all for my daughter, and I'm reading them too so that I can discuss them with her. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Avid Reader
Queen Catalina was wonderful, she was wrongly accused and treated but history is history. Mary was queen for like two yearsPublished on May 5, 2013 by Elizabeth Penley
From the moment I read the first page, I was captivated. I had already read "Doomed Queen Anne: A Young Royals Book", the book about Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, and I... Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Elizabeth Barnes