The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
Here's the excerpt from http://www.amazon.com: As youngest daughter to the Spanish monarchs and crusaders King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, Catalina, princess of Wales and of Spain, was promised to the English Prince Arthur when she was three. She leaves Spain at 15 to fulfill her destiny as queen of England, where she finds true love with Arthur (after some initial sourness) as they plot the future of their kingdom together. Arthur dies young, however, leaving Catalina a widow and ineligible for the throne. Before his death, he extracts a promise from his wife to marry his younger brother Henry in order to become queen anyway, have children and rule as they had planned, a situation that can only be if Catalina denies that Arthur was ever her lover. Gregory's latest (after Earthly Joys) compellingly dramatizes how Catalina uses her faith, her cunning and her utter belief in destiny to reclaim her rightful title. By alternating tight third-person narration with Catalina's unguarded thoughts and gripping dialogue, the author presents a thorough, sympathetic portrait of her heroine and her transformation into Queen Katherine. Gregory's skill for creating suspense pulls the reader along despite the historical novel's foregone conclusion.
I had mentioned this book when everyone had introduced themselves, and I love this author. I know that travelphilejen and I both have our degrees in history, and this author is mainly historical fiction. I have really liked most of her work.
The link to the book is: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/074327
I still debate on getting a degree in secondary ed...although maybe human resources would be better. I don't know if I'd be able to handle teaching these days anymore.
Had Crane had a History & Literature undergrad (they no longer carry the Master's..argh), I would've done that. I LOVE music history.
good luck with the teaching positions in history. I forgot that you are GETTING your degree in history. Please, tell your sister Rachel I said hi. courtneygp and I were in college with her (Court was her pledge mom..went it was called PLEDGING!!) I miss talking to her!
My big also grew up in Newark. She's on my friends list..I'd have to look up her username to remember it at the moment, but I'm at work. *sigh*
I forgot I was supposed to ask you, there's someone who pledged a little before rachel and she wanted to know if you had any contact info for her. all rachel knows is that her name was jana, but she said you would know who I'm talking about. so if that amkes any sense at all lol let me know! :)
Jana actually pledged in Spring '93, the semester before I did (I'm Fall '94). I hear from her or about her from time to time from HER big, Maria. She lives in VA, I believe. She's engaged and has two kids from her first marriage (it didn't work out), and is doing quite well.
Please, if you want to give your sister my email address, let me know. It's on the SAI National website under Xi C Province or I'll be happy to give it to you. I'd love to hear from Rachel!