This is the eighth book in the Plantagenet and Tudor Novels and Gregory’s story revolves around Henry VIII’s sisters, Margaret and Mary, and their sister-in-law, his wife, Katherine of Aragon. It is told from Margaret’s perspective. With her usual finesse, Gregory pieces together facts and, together with her fictionalised take on real events, fleshes out a plausible character for Margaret. Margaret is jealous, ambitious and vain; not very likeable to start with. But, in a world where women had so little power over their own destiny, the reader’s sympathies are cultivated in response to her hardships, and by her growing tendency to champion women’s causes. Packed off to Scotland as a child, she lands up marrying James IV and bearing him a son. Naturally the three women are subject to the priority of producing a male heir, and their rivalries and relationships with each other are defined by this.