This was the 1st book by Philippa Gregory that I had read. Honestly, it took 2 or 3 times of trying to read it before I finally got through it. Once I got into it, it was interesting. I would be curious to know how much of this is based on real history. I am currently having the same problem with one of her other books, The Virgin Queen. Maybe I just need to be in the mood for one of her books.