I don't care how historically accurate girls being married (and then bedded) at 12 is. UGH. Probably the hardest part for me in reading any sort of historical fiction, particularly those based loosely on real events. And dear lord is the King a self-centered and manipulative predator. I don't mean predator simply because she is so young, I'm referring to how he manipulates her emotional state. I've been on the receiving end of attentions from people like him at various points in my life, and she's immature in the thrall of hero worship, which makes her even more vulnerable.