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#1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory weaves a spellbinding tale of a young woman with the ability to see the future in an era when destiny was anything but clear.

Winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee with her father from their home in Spain. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee; she has the gift of “Sight,” the ability to foresee the future, priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward’s protector, who brings her to court as a “holy fool” for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth. Hired as a fool but working as a spy; promised in wedlock but in love with her master; endangered by the laws against heresy, treason, and witchcraft, Hannah must choose between the safe life of a commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are inextricably bound up with her own yearnings and desires.

Teeming with vibrant period detail and peopled by characters seamlessly woven into the sweeping tapestry of history, The Queen’s Fool is a rich and emotionally resonant gem from a masterful storyteller.

Topics: England, Spain, Tudor Period, Elizabethan Era, Series, Bildungsroman, Melodramatic, Romantic, Elizabeth I, The Tudors, Royalty, Judaism, Spies, Politics, Adultery, Women in History, Antisemitism, Escaping Oppression, and Arranged Marriage

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ISBN: 9781416593973
List price: $14.99
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on Thursday, February 09, 2006 I wrote about this book:

Bought this book which was on my wish list on ebay.co..uk.
reading now on February 8th 2006

Update. Great book. Really enjoyed this read. Want to read more books by this author
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Hannah the Fool to Queen Mary, also serves Princess Elizabeth, because she is in the service of Robert Dudley. She's a Jew pretending to be a Protestant pretending to be Catholic, since that's the way the wind blows.

Reasonably enticing and enjoyable, but I could have done without the side plot of her long betrothal, troubled courtship, and tumultuous marriage to Daniel. The story really stalled while she was in Calais, but fortunately she returns to court.more
I thought this was a good book. There was enough romance and harrowing adventure to keep me hooked. There was also a good historical foundation to hold the book in it's time. Very good.more
While the main character was fairly interesting, Ms. Gregory's tendency to cherry-pick her historical details is annoying.more
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on Thursday, February 09, 2006 I wrote about this book:

Bought this book which was on my wish list on ebay.co..uk.
reading now on February 8th 2006

Update. Great book. Really enjoyed this read. Want to read more books by this author
more
Hannah the Fool to Queen Mary, also serves Princess Elizabeth, because she is in the service of Robert Dudley. She's a Jew pretending to be a Protestant pretending to be Catholic, since that's the way the wind blows.

Reasonably enticing and enjoyable, but I could have done without the side plot of her long betrothal, troubled courtship, and tumultuous marriage to Daniel. The story really stalled while she was in Calais, but fortunately she returns to court.more
I thought this was a good book. There was enough romance and harrowing adventure to keep me hooked. There was also a good historical foundation to hold the book in it's time. Very good.more
While the main character was fairly interesting, Ms. Gregory's tendency to cherry-pick her historical details is annoying.more
(Warning this book made me cry a little, because I’m really just a huge sap.)In the continuation of Philippa Gregory’s very popular series of historical fiction about life at the court of the Tutors, The Queens Fool tells the story of one young woman who experiences life at the court of all three of Henry VII’s children. Hannah Green is newly english, born Hannah Verde she and her father have escaped the inquisition that burned her mother for being a Jew in Spain by coming to London. While Hannah and her father want to live simple quiet common lives Hannah’s power to see the future gets her begged as a fool to King Edward. Under the thrall of her Master Robert Dudley Hannah spys, schemes and gets her self passed from Edward to Mary and eventually to Elisabeth. With split loyalties and a betrothed who wants her to walk away from it all one young woman must try and make the right decisions in a world where knowledge is suppressed and the correct religion to practice changes with every monarch. The first time I read this book it was directly after having read Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boylen Girl. I was pretty young (probably a little too young for the amount of sex and intrigue in the book) and thoroughly in love with all things historical fiction. In the hight of its popularity as a book (long before the movie) I thought of The Queens Fool as its smaller less glamorous sequel. But now almost 8 years later this is the story I enjoy more and feel more compelled to return to. Hannah is complicated, conflicted, young, passionate, and ultimately incredible strong. As a woman and a character she is fantastic. Her life is complicated her choices are hard and there is almost never a right choice. In a time where woman were firmly the property of the men in there lives Hannah is strong intelligent and fiercely independent. All the characters of this book are real people, and Hannahs intended husband Daniel is in my opinion the best kind of love interest. Not perfect, not a simple refelction of the main character, and honestly compatible and in love with our heroine. While of course Daniel is not the only contender for Hannahs heart, for me he falls in to the category of fictional characters I have a major crush on. Even on what I think must be at least the 5th read through this book is still a page turner. It is compelling and beautifully written, It captures both the splender of court life, the fear of the Inquisition, and the day to day life of common men and women in England of this time.I know one of the HUGE criticisms laid against Philippa Gregory is her loose use of historical fact making her books much more historical fiction then any history enthusiast can easily take. For me as long as you go in with eyes open and an understanding that first and formost this is a story for entertainment purposes then the story and lives portrayed by Gregory are so compelling that I don’t really care.I would recommend this book to any fan of historical fiction or anyone who has read and enjoyed the Other Boleyn Girl. Having just purchased my own copy of this book I know it will be one that I will continue to return to over the years.more
Great tale of old, life was never easy, even for a queen or princess. But the ordenary people got hung ( choked to death) on any ones say as to who was a haratic . Religen was very scary in those times. Here we are relaxed about church, but there are those coming that think diff and wont to change our country to their old way , why did they come then? We will see much change and be sorry some day soon. queen Mary's day may be here before we know it, WE will be sorry about this and we are doing nothing about it.more
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