“The Queen’s Fool” by Philippa Gregory

Thursday, July 07, 2011 - Book Reading
“The Queen’s Fool” by Philippa Gregory

Back of the Book:

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.

Jane’s Review on

Here’s my usual spiel about Philippa Gregory– she chooses great stories to tell, she does great research (although she does mess around with the history sometimes for the sake of a good story… not something I have a problem with, but some people do) and she really creates a wonderful depiction of the time. But I don’t think she’s a good writer… a degree or two above harlequin on a good day. (read her entire review here)

Pages: 504

Published: 2004-02-03

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=4.0/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that it doesn’t seem possible that one girl can just flit back and forth between enemies with so few consequences. Also, she’s psychic and sees angels? Eh…

The very best thing about this book is that we get a completely different point of view in this book. The previous books were typically narrated by people who have been inside a royal court for most of their lives. This book is narrated by a young Jewish girl, new to the country, and masquerading as a boy. It is unusual, to say the least.


This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge.

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