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The Queen's Fool | [Philippa Gregory]

The Queen's Fool

It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-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.
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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 14-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.

©2008 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 05-09-12
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2011

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story"

    There are books out there whose narration breathes life into a book and in this case this most definitely was the case. Anyone familiar with Phillipa Gregory works knows what she is capable of regarding her writing and despite my initial reservations I must say I am glad to say she did not disappoint me.

    I have yet to find a Phillipa Gregory book that has not been narrated well. This has, thus far, been my 5th Phillipa Gregory title (I listened “Boelyn Inheritance” twice both the Abridged and Unabridged) and my second experience with Bianca Amato. Bianca weaved the story so exceptionally well that it is easy to get somewhat lost in her words. She has a voice that in and of itself tells a story, she gave life to the characters with specific focus on Hanah, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth Tudor specifically. Exceptional Narration! Utter perfection if you ask me, probably one of the best narrations I have listened to!

    Phillipa Gregory... I was reminded once more why I am a big fan of her writings. This is the fourth of the Tudor books and picks up quite well from where 'Boelyn Inheritance' left off. The book chronicles the closing years of Edward VI, the rise and fall of Mary and the ascension of Elizabeth seen through the eyes of Hanah the Fool. The writing was, as usual, immaculate if you ask me. Just the way that she crafts words is something that anyone who likes literature would appreciate it. I like the route that Phillipa Gregory chose to tell this story. I must say I was a bit disappointed at the way Hanah allowed herself to be manipulated throughout the book but was pleased with the ultimate decision that she made in the end and the way she matured throughout the entire portion of the book itself. You actually get a very interesting view of Queen Mary and of Queen Elizabeth, their relationship being a very pivotal feature throughout the entire book. Even though you do inevitably know the outcome of the story at least where Elizabeth and Mary is concerned, the view point is so unique and the story itself woven so well it is still very easy to get engrossed in the book. Very well put together story as I would expect from Phillipa Gregory.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Reno, NV, United States 12-06-11
    Stephen Reno, NV, United States 12-06-11
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    "Not Up to Gregory's Standard's"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I'm retired and have time to spend listening while I do the things I do. Gregory's tales usually captivate me and take me back into the time and era, this story just fell short. Perhaps I just know too much about the actual lives of Catherine, Elizabeth and Dudley; but I just could not buy into this one.


    Has The Queen's Fool turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She's just good!


    Was The Queen's Fool worth the listening time?

    so so


    Any additional comments?

    see above.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Renee Serrano CA 08-01-11
    Renee Serrano CA 08-01-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Absolutely loved it!"

    I loved the storyline of this novel. It captured the feeling of the times and breathed life into historical characters in a believable way. Loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helly CA, USA 01-24-14
    Helly CA, USA 01-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed"

    I've been searching for another Philippa Gregory novel that is as gripping and juicy as The Other Boleyn Girl. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. The setting is England, after the death of Henry VIII and the main character, Hannah, is a Spanish Jew who has fled to England with her father. She has the gift of "sight" and is brought to the royal court to be a royal fool, someone to amuse the court.

    As in many Gregory books, she weaves in historical facts about the life and times in Tudor England, mainly focusing on the deceit, betrayal, and torture to spice up the story. While it also had some romance, it lacked the passion of Boleyn Girl and that's why I only gave it three stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy NY USA 12-09-13
    Tammy NY USA 12-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Philippa Gregory is No Fool Herself!"
    What did you love best about The Queen's Fool?

    Another great story written by Philippa Gregory. She has got a great formula that works over and over again and continues to churn out these historical fiction novels that keeps us wanting more!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Queen's Fool?

    I really do not want to ruin the story by revealing my favorite moment (s) to a future reader. Rest assured--Lots of great moments throughout. You won't be disappointed.


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No-but she was superb! There are a few other titles that I haven't read/listened to as of yet, but I will be sure to choose her if available.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Queen's Fool and why?

    Hannah. She was a young, intelligent female who learns and grows with time and her experiences. Even with being on all sides, she is true to herself and her allegiances all in her effort to survive and to live a full life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my second read/listen of this title after many years. I first read it closely after the "The Other Boleyn Girl". It is a different perspective of court and a refreshing one at that. I liked it even more the second time around. I suggest reading her books in order of the time periods. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SAMANTHA barneveld, NY, United States 05-03-13
    SAMANTHA barneveld, NY, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Truly engaging story!"

    I found myself completely engrossed in this story. So much so, I listened to it every moment possible, and had it finished in 3 days. Hannah's character was captivating. I admired her personal growth, and her ability to stay true to herself in spite of the conflicting loyalties for the rival houses. I was biting my nails with worry for her safety right up to the very end of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie Key colorado 03-11-13
    Jeannie Key colorado 03-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    Would you listen to The Queen's Fool again? Why?

    This is a good book and I read it out of order and "read" the Virgin Queen first, but overall haven enjoyed it.


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    Cornelia B. Green Valley, AZ 02-25-13
    Cornelia B. Green Valley, AZ 02-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent book."
    If you could sum up The Queen's Fool in three words, what would they be?

    This is another interesting, well told historical novel by the excellent author, Philippa Gregory. Good story, wonderful narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Queen's Fool?

    The main character shows a independence and character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia FAIRFIELD, CT, United States 02-23-13
    Patricia FAIRFIELD, CT, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Creative and enjoyable."
    What did you love best about The Queen's Fool?

    This was a very unique way of blending fiction with history, it is a splendid story of love and adventure,


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    Anna Saint Louis, MO, United States 02-04-13
    Anna Saint Louis, MO, United States 02-04-13
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    "A Good Listen"
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    I am really enjoying this story. I'm not yet finished but I'm loving it so far

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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