DescriptionA NEW UNABRIDGED RECORDING FEATURING AN AFTERWORD READ BY THE AUTHOR!From #1 New York Times bestselling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory comes the remarkable story of Katherine of Aragon, Princess of Spain, daughter of two great monarchs, and eventual Queen of England when she marries the infamous King Henry VIII. Daughter of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, Katherine has been fated her whole life to marry Prince Arthur of England. When they meet and are married, the match becomes as passionate as it is politically expedient. The young lovers revel in each other's company and plan the England they will make together. But tragically, aged only fifteen, Arthur falls ill and extracts from his sixteen-year-old bride a deathbed promise to marry his brother, Henry; become Queen; and fulfill their dreams and her destiny. Widowed and alone in the avaricious world of the Tudor court, Katherine has to sidestep her father-in-law's desire for her and convince him, and an incredulous Europe, that her marriage to Arthur was never consummated, that there is no obstacle to marriage with Henry. For seven years, she endures the treachery of spies, the humiliation of poverty, and intense loneliness and despair while she waits for the inevitable moment when she will step into the role she has prepared for all her life. Then, like her warrior mother, Katherine must take to the battlefield and save England when its old enemies the Scots come over the border and there is no one to stand against them but the new Queen.
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About the Author
Phillipa Gregory is an internationally bestselling author of historical novels whose success extends to the United States as well, where she is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University, where she is a regent. Gregory is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Plantagenet and Tudor novels, which include the enormously popular Other Boleyn Girl, of which there are over a million US copies in print. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction.
Karina Fernandez had her scene-stealing film debut as the Flamenco teacher in Happy-Go-Lucky. On British television she has been seen in such programs as Married Single Other, My Family, and Happy Birthday Shakespeare. Her stage appearances include performances in Max Stafford-Clark's production of Shopping and F***king at the Royal Court, Macbeth at Bristol Old Vic Studio, and The Convict's Opera for Max.
Gregory makes the broad sweep of history vibrant and intimate.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Gregory's research is impeccable, which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing.-- "Daily Mail (London)"
In her addictive new novel, [Gregory] turns her eye to Katherine of Aragon, a princess who became Queen of England-all by dint of a well-kept secret.-- "Marie Claire"
Gregory's story is as ambitious as its main character.-- "Entertainment Weekly"