"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
In this world of the Tudor court, women are little more than cattle to be traded for the purpose of getting a male heir to the throne and advancing certain noble families by means of producing such an heir. If this sounds crude, that's because it's exactly how it is in this novel. Vulgarity beneath royalty and extravagant wealth. The book has its thrilling moments especially near the end, but I found some of the characterization and plot to be less than convincing.