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The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
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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)
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    Queen's Own Fool 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 Virgin's Lover by Philippa Gregory (KayCliff)
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    The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (Morteana)
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    The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir (meggyweg)

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I read The Virgin's Lover last month, but I really should have read The Queen's Fool first! The Virgin's Lover picks up right where this book ends. There are even some overlapping scenes.

The Queen's Fool is only the third Philippa Gregory book that I've read (aside from The Virgin's Lover I've also read The Other Boleyn Girl). Gregory isn't a particularly good writer (she reuses the same words and phrases over and over again. I get it; Robert Dudley is ambitious) but she certainly does her research. I saw another Goodreads reviewer say that Philippa Gregory basically writes historical fanfiction and while that's not entirely fair there's a lot of truth in that statement. Her books are page-turners but they feel like a guilty pleasure read to me. That being said, I'll definitely read more of her books in the future. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
I liked this book so much, that I found it hard to put down/part with it when it was time to do something else but reading.

Usually I'm not very fond of any kind of romance books, but somehow Gregory has found a way to write about the English court that I'm interested in and fond of.

A book about royalty, court life, betrayal, love, war, refuge seeking, religion. I think that if I find another novel by her in this series, I won't leave it alone :-) ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Jun 17, 2018 |
Loved this book! Not only did it tell the historical story of the reign of Queen Mary Tudor, but we see it through the eyes of a charming courtier. Hannah is a lost young woman at the beginning, and it's a joy to join her on the journey life brings her. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
This was a good read. It was a little slow in the middle, but overall, I found it entertaining. It was a fictionalized tale of a "converted" Jewish girl, living as a holy fool in the English court of the half-Spanish Queen Mary (16th century). Although there were many maranos(or Spanish Jews converted to Catholicism to avoid death by Inquisition), living in England, the Queen never had one serving in her court.

Hannah is an interesting character, but I felt like she was a little too faithful to her husband. She was able to volley between queen and princess, somehow managing to be on both their sides, but she never took a lover, other than her husband (who had not only taken a lover while they were engaged, but also had a son with that woman). She was able to love two men, but she only had sex with her husband. It was her time apart from him that made her realize she wanted to be a good wife and mother, but I think she should have had sex with Robert Dudley at least once. She considered never marrying and being his mistress, but she never acted on it. I think she should have, because it would have helped her come to the realization that she wanted to be a faithful wife and mother, and this realization would have been based on something more than just being alone in the world with no family of her own. She would have experienced lust and passion without the protection of the law (i.e., a marriage contract), and it would have contributed to her feelings of danger and instability, and it would have also made her long for safety and stability more. In this regard, her character comes off as a little unrealistic and flat. She is so devoted to everyone, but herself.

I remember like The Other Boylen Girl better, but I will most likely read Gregory's other novels when I am in the mood for more historical fiction. ( )
  RojaHorchata | Jul 11, 2016 |
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