Praise for the author



‘An absolutely gripping tale that is both superbly written and meticulously researched’

—The Sun

‘The characters are larger than life…and the author a compulsive storyteller. A little fictional embroidery has been worked into history, but the bones of the book are true.’

—Sunday Express

‘This book has everything–royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics and, ultimately, the shaping of the woman who founded the Tudors.’


‘O’Brien has excellent control over the historical material and a rich sense of characterisation, making for a fascinating and surprisingly female-focused look at one of the most turbulent periods of English history.’

—Publishers Weekly

‘Better than Philippa Gregory’

—The Bookseller

‘Another excellent read from the ever-reliable Anne O’Brien. Strong characters and a great setting make this highly recommended.’

—The Bookbag

‘Anne O’Brien is fast becoming one of Britain’s most popular and talented writers of medieval novels. ’

—Lancashire Evening Post

‘A must-read for any historical fiction fan’

—The Examiner

‘Brings the origins of the most famous royal dynasty to vibrant life’


‘I was keen to see if this book…lived up to the hype— which it did.’



Anne O’Brien