As with some of the other compilation-style biographies, this book is not a full biography of each woman; more of a summary of how her life fit into the larger era known as the Wars of the Roses. Gristwood profiles Marguerite of Anjou, Cecily Neville, Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, Margaret of Burgundy, Anne Neville, and Elizabeth of York.Given the lack of information about the daily lives of women, Gristwood relies on legal transactions, expense reports, and eye-witness accounts to fill in missing details about how noble and royal women lived. For example, the splendor of Edward IV's court with Elizabeth Woodville as his queen is remembered by a letter home from a foreign visitor. Margaret Beaufort's renowned piety is reflected in her generous support of theological colleges and the continual maintenance of poor people in her household, carefully noted in her accounting books. The book follows a mainly chronological set-up from Marguerite of Anjou to Elizabeth of York and her daughters and includes the major events of the times, including roles and relations of these women and their families in battles and at court.