The Constant Princess - Whitehall, June 1503; Princess Again, 1504 Summary & Analysis

Philippa Gregory
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Whitehall, June 1503; Princess Again, 1504 Summary

In June, Henry tells Harry that he, Harry, is betrothed to Catalina but warns him that the marriage won't actually happen. Arthur knows immediately that something isn't right and asks Henry if the oath he is about to make is serious. Henry replies that it is but doesn't elaborate. As Harry and Catalina are formally betrothed, Harry is pleased that his own desire for Catalina has come to fruition—that Arthur is gone and now Harry is the sole heir to the throne and married to Arthur's bride. Catalina notes that her father-in-law is solemn and fears that his anger is a serious matter. Some worry about the king's health, that he seems to have recently aged rapidly, and that some believe he's been crossed by a woman.

In 1504, Catalina's mother dies and the family's fortunes...

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