A young woman caught in the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half sister, Elizabeth, must find her true destiny amid treason, poisonous rivalries, loss of faith, and unrequited love.
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.
Teeming with vibrant period detail and peopled by characters seamlessly woven into the sweeping tapestry of history, The Queen's Fool is another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller....Continua
This book is another quality work from Philippa and yet I think it is very clever of her that she can use so many ways to write all these books using different prospect . I love the character, Hannah the full. Very interesting to know something new on about the fools at court. The book is beautifully written like a movie and I can so picture the scenes in my mind!...Continua
Every bit as entertaining as The Other Boleyn Girl.
Great historical fiction book on Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth, Robert Dudley and Hannah, the queen's fool
A beautiful view of the monarchy after Henry VIII's death through the eyes of a royal servant. It was great to read about the Tudor's through someone else's perspective. A truly good read.
Wonderful depiction of early England and the scheming and machinations of the courtiers who surround the crown. Mary is admirable but sad, Elizabeth is, as usual, slyly magnificent. Dudley has his own magnetic presence to add to the blend of trauma, disaster, opportunity, tragedy and glory....Continua