I've tried three times to get past page 60 in this book . . . and failed. It appears to be written for someone who is an expert in English history, so for anyone who isn't, nothing in those first 60 pages makes sense. The characters are introduced by name but without any background information. We learn that Thomas Cromwell had a brutal father, but we don't know why. We know that Cromwell left home and went to Europe, but we aren't told what he did there. Instead, the book jumps ahead to his adult life and his apparent, but unexplained, work for "the cardinal," but the author never identifies which one––a problem given that England had TWO at that time. What a horrible mess, and I made the mistake of buying the first two volumes. Some of the worst writing EVER!