The Virgin's Lover - Philippa Gregory This book annoyed me but I finished it anyway. Instead of a strong female protagonist like other Greggory books, Queen Elizabeth was a whiny needy woman who let a man walk all over her. Whether or not that was what happened in "the times" is one thing but this was just really annoying. I only finished it to see how bad the ending was and I was not disappointed. This book was annoying from beginning to the very very end.