I didn't get through the entire book as there was one character missing early on. The author chose not to make any mention of Francis' father Charles Brandon. Actually she does make one fleeting remark of him being the godfather of King Henry's son yet no mention of him being the father of Francis and that particular chapter was even from her POV. If not for the family tree in the front of the book you would never know he was her father. It made no sense to me as her mother was mentioned constantly. Although I did not set out thinking this book would have a lot of him in there, I found it odd and distracting that he was never mentioned in a book about his daughter and granddaughter.