Didn't love it. Didn't dislike it. Just...eh. I didn't like any of the characters particularly well. They all suffered from an extreme case of narcissism, which, I suppose, was integral to the whole royalty class system. But it often got in the way of a good story. I was taken with the idea that Elizabeth I was a new kind of monarch...kind of thought of as a modern monarch, not all that well received by the upper classes and nobility who wanted to preserve the status quo. A number of them rebelled and tried to replace her with her papist cousin. Elizabeth won. Heads were lost. The modern monarchy survived. An okay read.