The Queen's Fool

A Novel (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)
Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
Length: 21 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (233 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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Different take

It took me a while to get into this story. I’m a big fan of the series, but I think I wanted more from either Mary or Elizabeth’s point of view. The character Hannah was loveable but it took a bit for me to like her. I did enjoy the story and I’m excited to continue the series.

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another good book

loved it, another great book. so glad I found this author. can't wait to read more.

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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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meh

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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Fascinating story, exquisite narration

I loved this book for so many reasons. I loved the interweaving of quasi-magical powers with Jewish history and culture with the Spanish Inquisition with royal political turmoil with family drama. The narrator was absolutely superb, capturing Spanish, English, Scottish, and French accents beautifully. You know it’s a good book when you are sad the story has to be over.

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Fooled

It was a struggle to listen to this book. The story was basically the same 5-6 scenes or themes in different settings. It got a lttle better at hour 17 or 18. Readers may want to consider the abridged version.

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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!