Amazing! Philippa Gregory can really describe these clever, charismatic, and slightly psychotic women - not in a way that makes you like them but so it mesmerizes the reader. In my opinion, this is the best since Wideacre (I loved that sociopathic Beatrice compared to whom Scarlett O'Hara is an angel) and The Other Boleyn Girl. It is tremendously well written and (to use a worn-out phrase) totally unputdownable. Also, the historical research is impeccable. The redemption chapter of The Wise Woman is nightmare stuff and somehow totally right. I wish I could give more than five stars!