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The Queen's Fool

A Novel (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)
Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
Length: 21 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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Number-one New York Times best-selling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA Today) Philippa Gregory weaves a spellbinding tale of a young woman with the ability to see the future in an era when destiny was anything but clear.

Winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee with her father from their home in Spain. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee; she has the gift of “Sight”, the ability to foresee the future, 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 with 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 a rich and emotionally resonant gem from a masterful storyteller. 

©2004 Philippa Gregory Limited (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Wonderously Good!

Hannah is like a modern girl, living in the past! Couldn't stop listening! So good!

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  • 08-03-19

Another Soaring and Compelling Novel...Bravo!

The brilliant Alison Weir hits yet another soaring but delicate note which brought to light another symphony of historical facts cradled in a moving, compelling yet charming story of sisters and rivals to the crown Princess Mary and Princess Elizabeth. Weir is stealth illuminating and crafting the tantalizing yet complex relationship with the rakish, ambitious and politically astute, Robert Dudley through the eyes of Hannah, escaping the Spanish Inquisition to the intrigue of the English court, or at least, so she thought. Bravo! Bravo!

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Best Tudor/Plantagenet to date

This novel has, without a doubt, been my favorite of Gregory’s Tudor/Plantagenet series. I have just one left to read (the Amy Dudley story). I’m sad to be coming to the end of these breathtaking novels, but so elated a story of a commoner slipping between three worlds was part of the journey. Hannah’s diplomacy, her faith, her spirit, and her unassuming truth have left me feeling more connected to the past than any story from the point of view of royalty ever could. Hannah, in all her foolish honesty, is the most relatable heroine of all of Gregory’s novels I’ve had the pleasure to consume. Do yourself a favor, take a listen.

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best story ever

the best.... loved it....very interesting story.... keep ones attention.... reader was excellent couldn't been happier with the selection