The Queen's SorrowBook - 2009
Plain, dutiful and a passionate Catholic, Mary Tudor was overwhelmed by joy when she became England's first ruling queen. After the misery of her childhood, when her father had rejected her mother, Catherine of Aragon and effectively disowned his daughter, Mary felt at last that she was achieving her destiny. And when she marries Philip of Spain, her happiness is complete.
But Mary's delight quickly sours as she realises that her husband does not love her and in fact finds her devotion to him irritating. Desperate for a baby, she becomes caught up by the belief that she must appease her God by bringing England back to her faith. Her people are horrified at the severity of the measures she takes and begin to turn against their queen who is lonely, frightened - and desperate for love.
Xavier, a member of Philip of Spain's entourage, is a reluctant witness to the unfolding tragedy and as the once-fêted queen tightens her cruel hold on the nation, Xavier becomes closer to Mary and his life - and new-found love - will be caught up in the chaos.