Once again, Philippa Gregory masterfully brings to life a story about sisters.
While most of us are very familiar with the martyrdom of Lady Jane Grey, her other two sisters have been relegated to the backwater of history. Each young woman is ground in the millstone of history due to the political power struggles of Queen Elizabeth I’s early reign, suffering unimaginable loss and torment at the whim of the young queen. The voices of the three sisters are distinct and powerful, especially that of the cerebral and courageous Lady Jane Grey herself. Queen Elizabeth I is portrayed as a vain and capricious woman, desperate to maintain her throne at any price, even if it means destroying her own family members.