An absorbing book - followed 3 threads: Elisabeth Woodville from the time of her first marriage, Her brother Anthony as he travelled towards his execution, and a "modern" (somewhere in the 1990's) story. This is probably the most sympathetic treatment of Elisabeth I've read, and certainly one that gives her more humanity than many novels on the period. I found the modern story as interesting - if not more so - than the historical one, possibly because I didn't already know the ending. The highest praise I can give this book is that it was well written enough that I could forgive it the crime of being unsympathetic to Richard III. My only criticism was that I found the very end (approx the last page) to be a bit contrived. I would not hesitate to recommend this to all fellow readers out there.