I've always been fascinated by Henry the 8th and the period after his death. The enmity between the church of England and the Catholics has been the ..Show More »subject of much writing and I've read some. If you are ignorant, this might not be the book for you. If, as I am, you're a history buff, go for it. While reading, I learned quite a bit about this period since much of the book is based on fact, all but the main character. It's a wonderful story, if a bit confusing with all the Lords, Dutchesses etc. If you read it, I would use some reference material (I confess I used Wikipedia) to keep the folks straight. Plots and counter plots abound and make for a really enjoyable narrative.