This is an interesting book for me since the logic of the narrative and the characters involved in the story made me look at the real life evidence for the accidental death of Amy Dudley. When I was writing the novel it was widely accepted that she had broken her neck as a result of a fall. It seemed to me that murder was a far more likely cause, and you can read the novel to see who I suspect. It was very exciting when, long after publication, the original documents of her inquest were found showing that she died from blows to the head made by a weapon. Amy Dudley was indeed murdered, but we still don't know who was the murderer.
unexpected early death in 1553, King Edward VI nominated his cousin, a committed Protestant, Lady Jane Grey as his
successor. Just nine days after she was crowned, Edward's sister Princess Mary had raised supporters and persuaded the Privy Council to
switch their allegiance - declaring her the rightful queen and imprisoning Jane. Queen
Mary began to reverse the Protestant reformation of her father, restoring Roman
Catholic bishops and persecuting Protestants. Despite
several reported pregnancies, Mary's marriage to Philip of Spain produced no
children. So on her death, her sister the Protestant Princess Elizabeth
succeeded her to the throne.