I run a Reading for Pleasure class for an adult literacy group, and we have recently read this book as part of our course. We use many books from the Quick Reads series, and this was the third one that we have read this year. After we have completed a book, I encourage the learners to comment on the content. Here are some of the comments from the group:
"It's a brief, bite-sized introduction to history";
"I went to visit the Tower of London a while ago. I wish I had bought this book at the time as it would have brought my visit to life";
"It was interesting to read about English culture and lifestyles in Tudor times; we were particularly interested to read about health and hygiene and their effects on birth rate and life expectancy, and how marriages could happen at a young age (as could inheritence of the throne). We all felt sympathy towards the women in the book as they all met with a sad fate - regardless of how powerful they were in their own right.
"This book explains relationships clearly and simply and it is easy to read as it's so short. It's not a book for anyone who wants to examine the lives of its subjects in great detail - try some of the author's other books if this is what you are looking for."