(From the publisher):
The Infanta Katharine, youngest daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, who had left Spain for England in order to become the bride of Arthur, Prince of Wales, had soon become a widow, and this was the question that was being asked, which was to overshadow her life: Had the marriage been consummated?
Only half her dowry had been paid, and her position was dubious; the years of humiliation had begun. Living in poverty at Durham House, Katharine discovered that her duenna, Dona Elvira, and her father's ambassadors worked against each other, and that her maids of honor longed to return to Spain.
Bravely Katharine accepted her own fate, always conscious of the prince whose importance had grown since the death of Arthur -- the young Henry. In those days before he became Henry VIII, he was egotistical yet sentimental; willful and arrogant, yet robust and handsome.
This account of the events which led to the most significant of royal marriages is set against a background of English and Spanish intrigue. It is the story of a young girl, a widow, yet a virgin, who was at the mercy of two powerful, callous monarchs, and of the handsome, wayward Prince who alone had the power to rescue her by setting a crown upon her head.
Original title: Katharine the Virgin Widow
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England