It’s never been a secret that I love books from the Tudor court. There is something about the drama that will always draw me in. There was so much in play during that time, and one can never really know for sure the truths and intents behind the actions of everyone involved.
I felt Anne was portrayed a little differently in this book, as compared to others I have read. In this book, she seemed less of the queen with no real feelings for those around her, caring only about how high she could raise herself, and appeared more genuine. She showed real concern for her best friend, and was portrayed as more of a person than that of a conniving woman, focused only on raising herself up to the highest position she could.
There are few books of this time period that show the loyalty and friendship that is portrayed in this book. Meg is presented with several times to leave and possibly save herself from being tied to Anne’s name forever, but she chooses to remain with her best friend and be the support Meg knows Anne can’t find anywhere else. She remains loyal to Anne until the end and I loved that. Meg had no secret intentions with Anne’s affections; she only wished to remain with her friend.
I loved this book and am looking forward to reading more of what Byrd has in store.