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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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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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Hannah is such an annoying character. She's back and forth, doesnt know what she wants. I finished to the end because I needed resolution to this one, but she is just so wishy washy. Gets herself caught up in all this mess and then is shocked to find out she's caught in the mess. Not one of my fav P.G. novels to be honest.

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A narrator to remember

The writing is brilliant, of course. Anyone familiar with Gregory’s writing knows that. I want to focus here in the gifted narrator Yolanda Kettle. Her narration could be the true gem of this selection. The emotional landscape and range of characters is demanding, and Kettle is pitch perfect from the voices of the Spanish Jews living incognito in England to all of the voices in the court of Queen Mary and everyone in between up and down social classes of Englanders. She fully embodies the characters without the sham caricature voices you sometimes hear in audiobooks. I have two masters degrees in drama and taught acting, voice and dialects, SO WOW! I was truly awestruck by this performance. Could not stop listening. You won’t be disappointed. Yolanda Kettle is a name I will remember. I will listen to anything she narrates, and I hope she reads this. I’m a huge fan.

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I love these books!

I have been reading every book in this series, and really love all of them. The Queen’s Fool is GREAT!

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Very well read!

Great read made even better by the reader. Thoroughly engaged by learning about Jewish life in 16th century Europe.

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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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Out of the park!!!

This series has been a Godsend. I've been sick, flat on my back and I would have been bored out of my mind had it not been for these books.
From the writing to the narration these books are complete perfection.
Get this series!! You won't regret it.

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My fav book by Philippa yet!

This story had me enraptured the whole time. And the narrator was magnificent. I don't want it to end!

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Tudor Times from a Different Pont of View

I enjoyed this book that follows the life of Hannah Verde (Greene) from the fiery execution of her mother in Spain to the life of a merchant's daughter in London. Outside her father's book shop, she is discovered by Robert Dudley and brought to the royal palaces as a royal fool kept on for her rare gift of sight. Her father arranges a marriage for her with a young would-be doctor, but will she be happy in a marriage with this young man? She flees England to Calais to avoid her own fiery execution. She is in Calais when it falls to the French and escapes with Robert Dudley back to England. What happens next? You will have to buy the book for yourself to find out.

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Phillappa Gregory vs Alison Weir

Alison Weir is more scholarly and I believe she does more research and is more accurate. However PG’s novels are more lively. So I chose them according to my mood. Sometimes I read both!