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Leading Tudor historian Loades (Honorary Research Professor, Univ. of Sheffield; Mary Tudor: A Life) examines the daily lives of Tudor queens, including both ruling queens and queen consorts, from the 15th through the early 17th centuries. Chapters are arranged thematically about a particular woman, e.g., "The Queen as Lover," "The Queen as Foreign Ally," and "the Unmarried Sovereign." Loades also includes a section titled "The Queens Who Never Were," which examines the lives of Jane Grey and Mary Stuart. Given that traditionally several of the queens examined would not be considered Tudor queens, including Catherine de Valois and Margaret of Anjou, the addition of family charts would have been useful. Although this is a thoroughly researched book, the emphasis on the queens' sexual habits-which relies heavily on speculation-could have been omitted. For interested readers.