Wow. This went downhill quickly. Maybe I'm in a bad mood today. I skimmed the last 1/3 of the book, but I didn't even need to do that since I knew the history. I just got really REALLY bored. The characters were flat. Edward was terrible, like the men in bodice-ripping romance novels. The best character was Elizabeth's mom. Wars, smars. Women don't read historical fiction to learn about battles. (Forgive me for the gender generalization.) The truth is that PG has written everything there is to write about the Tudors and I'm not sure that these guys are as exciting. I liked The Other Boleyn Girl well enough, but this just really disappointed. Perhaps I've been reading too much hard literature lately.