This is one of the best books on the Tudor period and the English Reformation that I have read . Ackroyd is a masterful writer and has obviously done a lot of research . Totally different from that rubbish that passes for History ,The Crusaders written by Henry Freeman . You may not agree with everything he writes but he will make you think . I for one believe that Anne Boylen was the victim of a scurrilous conspiracy .Akroyd has a different take on it .