For those who don't know, The Constant Princess is about Catalina, youngest daughter of Queen Elizabeth and King Ferdinand of Spain, AKA Queen Katherine, wife to Henry VIII of England. I, for one, knew nothing about her other than that Henry left the Catholic Church to get out of his marriage to her, so I had no basis for expectations going in. And it took me a while to get into it. I even turned it off a few times but suddenly something clicked. Not the writing or the narration - those are underwhelming - but the story of Catalina, who both has a heavy sense of entitlement and is heavily injured in many ways. A fascination began.
Shortly after I began, the husband and I finally began watching The Tudors, which I added to out Netflix queue months ago (the first season and more covers Henry extrication from Katherine). It has a very different taste and approach from Gregory's novel, but is equally addictive, and the husband and I have been gobbling it up ever since. Oh, and talk about entitlement:
I have more plans for my new obsession too. Sister Queens by Julia Fox is a biography of Catalina and her sister, Juana, the "mad" queen regnant of what would become Spain. It's apparently very good (according to reviews on Goodreads) and should more factually explore the life and truths of Catalina. I also want to read Shakespeare's Henry VIII, which apparently does a great job of capturing Katherine's supplication to her husband in a courtroom, followed by her early and dramatic departure.
It's not often that I have an obsession like this, and it's kind of fun to be exploring this woman's life in all these different media. Does anybody have anything to add to my reading/viewing lists??