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The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
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    Queen's Own Fool (Stuart Quartet) by Jane Yolen (joririchardson)
    joririchardson: In the book by Yolen, a girl serves as fool to Mary Queen of Scots. In Gregory's book, a girl serves as fool to Mary I of England.
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    The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir (meggyweg)

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Not one of the best novels in the Tudor series. Hannah was likable but Elizabeth most definitely wasn't. The times Hannah was away from court were more interesting than when she was with either Mary or Elizabeth. ( )
  rabidmunkee | Nov 7, 2014 |
I used to enjoy Gregory's novels more, but now I've pretty much had it with English royalty in general and the Tudors in particular. While I appreciated her including a Jewish heroine in "The Queen's Fool," her inaccurate description of 16th-century Judaism was a real turn-off. As a Jewish historical novelist whose heroines are also Jewish, I expect other authors to do their research on this delicate subject. Good historical fiction can teach readers a great deal about history, particularly about the lives of women. But if done poorly, stereotypes are reinforced and innocent people [or peoples] defamed. ( )
1 vote Maggie.Anton | Jul 18, 2014 |
A most unlikely situation in Tudor England, with a young girl plucked out of obscurity to became not only the Queen's muse and confidant, but the same for the Queen's sister and rival, set against the backdrop of persecution of Protestants and, to a lesser degree, the Jewish, as well as the intense wish of the Queen to have a baby.
However, an interesting book to read. ( )
1 vote robeik | May 2, 2014 |
Would not recommend it at all. It's only saving grace is that it has a happy ending unlike most of Gregory's other books. The cross-dressing is distracting and plays no real part in the story. Her blind devotion is just plain annoying and I really has to force myself to finish this book. ( )
  Vicky.Arthur | Feb 14, 2014 |
4.5 stars.

14 year old Hannah Green and her father are Jewish and have been running since Hannah's mother was burned at the stake in Spain. They come to England, where Hannah is brought to King Edward's court by Robert Dudley to serve as a fool when he discovers she has the gift of "sight". While Edward is dying, Hannah is sent to keep his sister Mary company. Hannah and Mary become close, and after Mary becomes queen, Hannah is sent to keep company with Mary's half-sister Elizabeth.

Between Robert, Mary and Elizabeth, Hannah is keeping company with and serving three different people with three different agendas. In the meantime, Hannah is betrothed to Daniel, a Jewish boy who has been hiding in England with his own family. Can Hannah keep up with all the deception and treachery that happens at court without getting herself and her Jewish family into trouble?

As much as I've read about the Tudors, I haven't actually read much about Mary, so this was interesting. I know it's fictional, but of course, there is some truth to the events in the story, though Hannah and her family are entirely fictional. This is the second Philippa Gregory book I've read, and another one I've really enjoyed. I will be reading more. ( )
1 vote LibraryCin | Jan 3, 2014 |
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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 fourteen-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.

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The savage rivalry of the daughters of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth mirrors that of their mothers, Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Each will fight by any available means for the crown and future of the kingdom.

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