The royals of long ago would marry their daughters and sisters to make alliances with other countries but I don't know what they hoped to accomplish? Peace? I don't know if it ever did. Queen Catherine, as regent, ordered the body of James, King of Scots be brought to London as a trophy. While this book is fiction, there are truths scattered about. How could Queen Catherine do this to her sister's husband? It becomes more painful to think about it when you are reading it from Queen Margaret's point of view, regardless if it's a work of fiction. What she went through we truly don't know, but it has to be awful to live through your brother and sister-in-law boasting of your husband's death and not even letting you have his body for burial.