Crystal asked Philippa Gregory:

What was the most shocking historical fact you found during research?

Philippa Gregory I think the death of Margaret Pole and the persecution of her family by Henry VIII was the most shocking. Also, Henry's breaking his promise of pardon and the terrible punishments after the Pilgrimage of Grace. I describe these in my novel The King's Curse, and I think the whole novel shows the shocking deterioration in Henry from golden prince to merciless tyrant.
Philippa Gregory

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