"As it is, a single son will not be enough, for children's lives are never completely certain. It is God's will whether they go on living or not. So I suppose the search for a wife will have to start all over again."
"On her 10th birthday in 1536 Beatrice meets the King and his new queen, Jane Seymour, at Greenwich Palace. That same day, her friends Eva and Elinor entrust her with their old diaries. Reading these, she comes to understand the lives of two earlier queens, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, as she enters the service of not just one of Henry's queens, but three."
Ten-year-old, Beatrice Townhill lives in Greenwich with her parents. Her father is a royal huntsman to King Henry VIII, while her mother is constantly ill. On her birthday, her father takes her to meet the King and his third wife, Jane Seymour. Beatrice later visits her new friends, Elinor Valjean and Eva De Puebla, who are renting a cottage next door. Elinor and Eva lend their diaries to Beatrice, after she tells them about her own. She learns about Henry's wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, through their memories.
Jane Seymour gives birth to the King's son, Edward, but dies a few days later. Henry begins searching for a new wife, without much luck. Meanwhile, Beatrice and her parents catch smallpox. Beatrice survives and goes to live with her friends, Eva and Elinor. She eventually gets a job in the court's kitchens with Tom Valjean. Thomas Cromwell convinces Henry to marry Anne of Cleves, a daughter of a German duke. Anne travels far to meet Henry, but he instantly finds her "repulsive." Nonetheless, they marry within a month.
However, Henry's eye wanders to a young court lady, Katherine Howard. Beatrice briefly becomes a lady-in-waiting to Anne, before Henry requests a divorce from her. Anne concedes quickly, allowing Henry to marry Catherine only three weeks later. Henry is overjoyed with his new bride during the following year, until he receives a letter from Archbishop Cranmer. He learns of Catherine's past love affairs, eventually leading to her execution. Beatrice and her betrothed, Will, tactfully wait, until after Catherine's execution to marry.
After a year, Henry begins to court Katherine Parr, who reluctantly agrees to marry him. The marriage lasts for nearly five years, until Henry's death at fifty-five. Catherine marries Thomas Seymour, when her stepdaughter, Elizabeth comes to live with her. Soon, Thomas begins to act inappropriately towards Elizabeth, causing a scandal. She is sent away and Catherine later dies during childbirth. Beatrice ends her diary stating that "Anne of Cleves still lives, but Henry and all his other wives are dead."