The Queen's Fool

The Queen's Fool

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Large Print - 2005
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It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is 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 in her own yearnings and desires.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : RB Large Print, [2005]
Edition: Large print ed.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781419339660
1419339664
Characteristics: 777 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
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kaseybreda
Aug 22, 2020

TUDORS: book 4

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evelin1967
May 31, 2020

After The Taming of the Queen

DBRL_KrisA Feb 27, 2020

I've been pleasantly surprised by each book I've read by Philippa Gregory, and this one is no exception. I had assumed, by the covers of the books, that they were romances with a thin veneer of history; nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact, they have all been the opposite - historical fiction with a bit of romance worked into them.

The central figure in The Queen's Fool is Hannah Green, a completely fictional character (unlike the other Gregory books I've read, which had actual historical figures as their main characters). But the book is full of actual people from history - Queen Mary, Princess (soon to be Queen) Elizabeth, John Dee, Robert Dudley. Even the jester is based on the court jester of King Henry VIII. And the events and settings in the book are clearly well researched and historically accurate. An enjoyable read.

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Miss_Bee
Apr 03, 2018

I think this was my favourite book by Phillipa Gregory after the Other Boleyn Girl. Although Hannah is not a real character, her story mixed in with historical story is soo good. I love it. I have read this book three times already and will probably read it again :)

BWellsJean Oct 06, 2015

I had just finished reading Philippa Gregory's latest book, so decided to read this which followed right on the heals of that in history. Such good timing since I was already familiar with the royal fool, Will Somers, from The Taming of the Queen.

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jurban1983
Jul 06, 2013

Another hit from Gregory! I loved this book!

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japandemonium
Jul 26, 2011

I feel as if I have read this one before...

bookfanatic1979 Mar 30, 2011

This novel intrigued me because, though I've read several historical fiction books concerning the machinations of various figures of English royalty, I've never heard of Hannah. And, it turns out, for good reason. It's still a good read, but I'm so used to Gregory's main characters being "real" people that I was deeply disappointed to discover the truth behind Hannah's life.

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rlt232s
Feb 27, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. I started reading it just to have something to read. It kept me entertained up to the end. This time in history has always fascinated me and I'm glad to be able to learn more of the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth through it.

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The_Zookeeper
Dec 22, 2010

A story that shows the hardship of being Jewish during Bloody Mary's terrifing reign.

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