I read this book for a history class I was taking. My assignment was to write a book review. My paper was 5 pages. So I will try to keep it short. This book is easy to read for enjoyment, it only took me a few days to finish. However, if you are reading it for research purposes, forget it. You truly need to be familiar with the genealogy of the royals in the 16th century to follow the author. I found myself trying to sketch out family trees for all the characters involved so I could keep up with which Henry was related to which Mary. Don't be turned off, it is enjoyable and interesting to read about the real lives of these women and their true ambitions.