The Queen's Fool, set in England's Tudor period, tells the story of Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl with the startling ability to foresee the future. Ostensibly serving as a fool for Queen Mary, Hannah is actually charged with spying on the queen's half-sister, Elizabeth. Embroiled in court intrigue, Hannah finds herself caught in a web of political maneuverings that threaten her budding romance with a lord and cast her life in peril.… (more)
The girl, giggling and overexcited, was running in the sunlit garden, running away from her stepfather, but not so fast that he could not catch her.
I relearned the skill of reading backwards, I relearned the skill of the sweep of the ink ball, the flick of the clean sheet and the smooth heave on the handle of the press so that the typeface just kissed the whiteness of the paper and it came away clean.
The old palace at Hatfield had been the royal nursery for generations, chosen for its clean air and proximity to London. It was an old building, small-windowed and dark-beamed.
Yes, I said, in the England that Elizabeth will make.