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The Queen's Fool | [Philippa Gregory]

The Queen's Fool

Here is a stunning novel set in the Tudor court, as the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half-sister, Elizabeth, is played out against a background of betrayal, conflict and passion.
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Here is a stunning novel set in the Tudor court, as the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half-sister, Elizabeth, is played out against a background of betrayal, conflict and passion.

©2008 Philippa Gregory; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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    Meg EDEN HILL, Australia 03-17-10
    Meg EDEN HILL, Australia 03-17-10
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    "Mary, Mary quite contrary"

    In this story, a young Jewish girl, Hannah Green has escaped Catholic Spain with her father to England where she becomes Fool to Queen Mary I (AKA Bloody Mary - King Henry VIII's eldest child).

    The story details the protagonist's teenage years and uses her as a devise to examine the plots, scandals and politics of the English Court at the time. It is an interesting account of Queen Mary herself, who is portrayed in a few more sympathetic manner than in many other accounts of her. This is due to the close friendship that grows between Queen and Fool (in a similar way that Henry VIII has a friendship with his own Fool). The future Queen Elizabeth I is another major character in the story, but is more conniving, petulent, and arrogant than other accounts of her. In all, she is rather an unlikable character, but as in history, plays her own role in swaying Queen Mary's actions.

    This is in no way a true-to-life account of the Tudor court post-Henry, though the author has drawn hevaily from the history. Hannah Green is a fictional characted created as a plot device, and is effective in her role. I enjoyed the author's interpretation of The Queen, particularly as Gregory seems to have, I think, really gotten to the crux of who Mary was and how she became that way.

    This was a very enjoyable audiobook and I highly recommend it. Emilia Fox is a superb narrator - she's one of my favourites!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 09-12-08
    Lesley West Kempsey, Australia 09-12-08 Member Since 2008
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    "The Queen's Fool"

    Fabulous story telling. Ms Gregory made me care about the main character. There was a defined, pacy plot and the historical information was underlying and given as essential to the story rather than brief interludes of learned discourse, which sadly happens frequently in historical novels.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • PinkMilk
    London
    7/2/08
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    "Disappointing"

    Not at all like The Other Boleyn Girl or the Boleyn Inheritance.
    Sadly, I lost interest quickly and gave up half way through. Though well narrated, the book goes nowhere....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    7/11/14
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    "Good but not great"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is worth a read but I wouldn't spend my last credit on it - I, stupidly, didn't realise that it was abridged and though it is ok and not obvious, the result is that it it comes across as shallow - unlike your usual Phillipa Gregory.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The end left me wanting more but I think that's, largely, due to it being abridged but you would have to listen to/read the full version to be sure.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Emilia Fox?

    Yes nothing wrong with the narration Emilia Fox has a good speaking voice.


    Could you see The Queen's Fool being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Again this is difficult to say - I think it could be part of a mini series covering the whole Tudor period but know there's quite alot out there already.


    Any additional comments?

    A 'light' read and mildly interesting doesnt set the world on fire but is a solid read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosamund
    exmouth, devon, United Kingdom
    3/2/11
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    "the queens fool by philippa gregory"

    this is a lovely book to listen to. It is well read and is full of intrigue and history. it has a different slant on english/french history from what philippa gregory usually writes and is one of my favourites so far. i definately can recommend it

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