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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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.
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.
She's just good!
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.
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!
I would and have listened to many other books by both Gregory and Amato, and enjoy them very much.
I didn't like that the main character wasn't a real person in history. I enjoy when Gregory rights about a real person in history as opposed to a made up character.
The story flowed and really kept my interest. Some of Philippa Gregory's books were a little unsatisfying to me because I did not feel they proceeded to a tidy ending. The characters in this book were very engaging, I enjoyed the historical fiction--although it seemed as if the attitudes of the queens may have been at least partly accurate--it allowed another viewpoint on the old Elizabeth vs. her sister Mary which is usually presented one-sided. Hanna was especially appealing, because she was portrayed as looking for the best in others. This book had a lovely ending.
I wanted to like this book. I loved the first books of the Tudor series but I was just unable to get into this one like the others. It simply didn't grab my attention like the first books.
Of course - Philippa Gregory is an incredibly talented author and I have loved most all of her works. This one just let me down.
The performance of the book was quite good and well read.
Philippa Gregory does it again. Using a fictional character enables her to track two well known women in history in the same book - Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth. Great narration.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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