I was given this book by my wife, who loved it. I loved it too. It is quite captivating, in a way that few historical novels have been, in my reading experience. The characters are brilliantly drawn and the evocation of the period – England in the reign of Henry VIII – is enough in itself to make the book enjoyable.

I also found it threw new and human light on the Reformation and how people were motivated by genuine belief. It also reminded me that speaking several languages was perfectly normal for highly educated people at that time. England became monoglot only in recent times.

A great book.