The Queen's Lady of the title is Honor Larke, ward of Sir Thomas More, lady in waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon (first wife of King Henry VIII) at a time when she has fallen out of favour with the King. I thought that she was really well written, with lots of layers and complexities.
On the other hand, I did not like how Sir Thomas More was portrayed. He is a person that I had always admired for staying true to his beliefs, but in this book, he is little more than a monster at times. And an inconsistent, unpredictable character in this book. He went from being gentle to brutal to loyal to insane. He seemed like a different person each time he appeared. I don't know if this is a true picture, but I didn't enjoy it.
One thing that I found fascinating were the religious arguments. At various times, the case for Catholicism, Protestantism, and Atheism were given (Honor herself was raised a Catholic, then became involved in helping the "heretics" ie Protestants escape England across the Channel, then became an Atheist after some brutal experiences at the hands of the fanatical cult-like Anbaptists. You could almost say that this is a story set in Tudor England, told through the story of the Reformation.
Overall, it was an easy read, perfect for this past week when I have been feeling unwell. I think next up with have to be Utopia by Thomas More though, a book that figured greatly in this one.