The part that Margaret of Austria played in history -- and the effect of history on her life -- is the basis of this novel and it follows the intricacies of international import in finding her a husband when the destinies of Burgundy, France, Brittany, Spain and other countries were involved. A token childhood marriage is dissolved, arrangements for another are never completed, and although Margaret defies her father her wedding to the Infante Juan of Spain does take place. She is well trained by Isabella, Juan's promise of able governing is cut off by his sudden death and Margaret, called home, again becomes a pawn. Unwilling to remarry she is forced to depart for Savoy and Duke Philibert and is surprised when she finds it becomes a love match. Her ability in affairs of state is recognized by Philibert; their war with France is marked by its diplomatic conclusion; Philibert's death boar hunting causes her to become a recluse. But she is called upon to become regent for her brother's children, is instrumental in the Ladies' Peace at Cambrai, and is rewarded by her nephew Charles with the Order of the Golden Fleece. An interpretation that emphasizes the colorful pageantry of the times, the complexity of European affairs, and the human qualities of its royal cast with a popular touch.