Sharon V edited the summary of The Constant Princess Sunday, August 29, 2010.
Early in the story, Katherine of Aragon, or Catalina the Infanta of Spain, was sent to England to marry Prince Arthur when she was only an adolescent. Her parents, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, had made the alliance with King Henry of England soon after her birth, to secure Spain's political position and expand the Spanish Empire. Queen Isabella, Catalina's mother, had demonstrated her use of absolute power in decision-making throughout Catalina's childhood, and thus became a model for her young daughter's life, engagement, marriages and political decision-making. With very limited communication from her family throughout her life in England, Catalina reflects in this memoir on her priorities and objectives in establishing herself as an important member of the British royal family. She comes to some surprising realizations about the strengths and the limits of power, and strengthens her position as a European monarch by changing the face of leadership behind the scenes in England. A must read if you enjoy intrigues on history, leadership, politics and human growth and development.