"Weir has tirelessly made her way through the entire labyrinth of Tudor history to tell the collective story of the six wives of Henry VIII--a vivid, full-blooded portrait of six very different women--in a work of sound and brilliant scholarship."
The story of the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon who, during a brief reign, tried to bring Protestant England back to the Roman Catholic Church. Mary was Elizabeth's older sister and ruled immediately before her.
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.