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The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #12)

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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,"
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Paperback, 490 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Harper Collins (first published February 4th 2003)
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Annie
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Philippa Gregory Fans, Historical Fiction Fans, Tudor History Buffs
Recommended to Annie by: Alaine Bucknall, Sheree McLeod
Gregory, the reigning Queen of historical fiction, weaves a tale that is as much an insight into the Tudor court as it is into religious history. The protagonist Hannah, is a secret Jew serving a Catholic Queen and befriending a Protestant Princess. What a catalyst for an electrifying plot!

Being that this story is based in history and immersed in fact, there are twists and turns that you will anticipate. However the addition of a completely fictional heroine adds a layer of intrigue and provide
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Kerrie
I'm done with Philippa Gregory.

This is the 4th book of hers that I've experienced. I was hoping that, not being constrained by the limits brought by a historical figure, she could create a fuller character than the shallow cardboard cutouts of Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Anne of Cleves, and Katherine of Aragon in her other novels. But no... The character of Hannah Green was by far the most confusing and maddeningly inconsistent character I've read outside of fanfic. This wasn't complexity, bu
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Crystal Starr Light
Hannah Verde "Green" is a young Jewish girl who poses as a boy to apprentice to her father, a bookkeeper. But when Lord Robert Dudley realizes she has "The Sight", she becomes King Edward's Fool. Hannah The Fool gets to experience the King's death, Queen Mary's rise to the throne, and Princess Elizabeth's eternal scheming to get on the throne all from the front seat of the court. But the real question is: Will Hannah ever find Twoo Lurve?

The last Philippa Gregory book I read, The Other Boleyn Gi
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Selah
Jan 06, 2009 Selah rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book tremendously, with the exception of the ending, which felt weak and rushed compared to the rest of the book. Excellent historical fiction. I'm buying all this author's books.
Mariel
Oct 07, 2010 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dudleys picked on in school
Recommended to Mariel by: hood on my hair
Philippa Gregory writes royalty fanfic, pretty much. Sometimes she'll throw in a Mary Sue stand-in based on an actual figure from history (such as Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl) and ground her story on some small fact she wanted to do a what-if on. That's okay, but it still feels like putting in your own new character into someone else's story (this time a real one) and adding importance to them that they didn't have. Just like fanfics.
The Queen's Fool hones in on fictional Spaniard Jewis
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Sara
Nov 06, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
This was the first book I've read (more specifically, listened to) by Philippa Gregory. After seeing the enormous popularity of The Other Boleyn Girl, I had kind of wondered what it was that made this author so appealing.

Before reading this, I already knew that most of Gregory's books were historical fiction told from the perspective of women who lived or might have lived during medieval and early modern times. So, I wasn't surprised to find strong female characters who nonetheless live within
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I was pretty excited about reading my first Philippa Gregory book. I mean, she has like a thousand books and they've been turned into movies and miniseries and who knows what else. She clearly knows her shit where historical research is concerned, particularly the Tudor period.

And yet, I only made it to page THREE before I noped my way out of this book. Here's a summary of those three pages:
- 14 year old girl.
- Grown ass married man sexually pursuing 14 year old girl.
- Seriously. He's encourag
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Tzippy
Drinking game! Every time Queen (Princess, here) Elizabeth I is referred to as a whore in The Queen's Fool, take a sip of wine. By the time you finish the book, your blood alcohol level will be infinity.

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Aside from the misogyny party (everyone's invited!), the problem with this book (as opposed to The Other Boleyn Girl) is that the main character is an outsider with her own story. She's a secret Jew from Spain, whose mother was killed in the Inquisition. So you have this balance between the in
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Mira15
Jul 16, 2012 Mira15 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desejava perder-me nos corredores dos castelos, conhecer personalidades fascinantes e cativantes, e, principalmente lançar-me nos meandros da História de uma forma que só Philippa Gregory consegue recriar. Depois de ler 5 livros da autora já sei com o que posso contar e estava ansiosa por ler este - embora soubesse que a personagem principal é fictícia, ao contrário, dos restantes livros.

Oliver e Hannah Verde “Green”, pai e filha naturais de Aragão, Espanha, são honestos e trabalhadores, esforça
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Sophia Musgrave
Jul 25, 2010 Sophia Musgrave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SO I see some other reviews of this are whining that it is not historically accurate, and all I can say is so what? it is a piece of fiction, although it may be historically based at points, seriously if you want a real history book go read a text book!!! I think this was great book, the story about Hannah Green being claimed as a fool by the court is engaging, at times very troubling and at times very touching. Based upon the reign of Bloody Mary we get to explore several what ifs-- what if one ...more
Azar
Feb 22, 2008 Azar rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical fiction
An engaging heroine--if somewhat too contemporary in her attitudes for the 16th Century, IMO--narrates this unusual perspective on Tudor England which I enjoyed very much. Not an instant favorite, but definitely a diverting read that I don't regret spending time on. I'll have to read a few more titles by the author before I can say whether or not she's earned her title as queen of Elizabethan fiction.

One thing I found especially intriguing was her unusually sympathetic portrayal of Mary Tudor. M
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Jessica
Jul 26, 2007 Jessica rated it did not like it
Shelves: modern-fiction
The Queen's Fool was stupid. Historically inaccurate and completely out of touch with the tone of the era. Some books - Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White comes to mind, or Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell - can walk and talk like historical fiction, and still prove irresistably interesting to contemporary audiences. (Postmodernist historical fiction?) This one, however, fails miserably. I thought I was going to like it. I really, really didn't.
Ashley Marsh
Jul 20, 2016 Ashley Marsh rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, 2016
I'm so, so conflicted with this one. Anyone who knows me knows I CAN'T refuse Philippa Gregory. I go into each of her books with the solid KNOWLEDGE, not expectation, that I'm going to enjoy it. I have so many thoughts about this one. This is probably going to read more as a rant than as an actual review, but I'm still trying to sort out my thoughts.

Unlike the rest of the series, this is told from the point of view, not just of an outsider, but of an entirely fictitious character. Hannah's narr
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Jen Burke
Jul 17, 2010 Jen Burke rated it did not like it
Shelves: dublin-book-club
I wanted to like this book. It's set during an interesting period of history. It features a Jewish heroine, Hannah, who must hide her faith. The overarching theme is about religious and personal freedom. But the writing is so awful (it reads like a trashy romance novel) I just couldn't like the book. Nor could I like the heroine. Being free isn't equivalent to being unprincipled. And Hannah "loves" everyone she meets; she ends up loyal to no one. Moreover, the characters are all over the place. ...more
Nicole
Dec 05, 2011 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2011
Every time I pick up a Gregory novel, I want more. I love her Tudor series so much I went out and bought almost every Tudor book I could find (at Border's going-out-of-business sale). My obsession began when my best friend said, hey, you know that movie The Other Boleyn Girl, I just read the book and I know you are going to think I'm crazy because it's so smutty, but I loved it... you should try it too. Of course, I was hesitant at first, but she's my best friend, if I can't trust her reading re ...more
Orsolya
Gregory truly captured an "underdog" in her novel depicting Hannah, the Queen's fool in the novel by the same title. Hannah, a Jewish exile is brought to court and although she is a "Fool", she becomes so much more. Strong, intelligent, and ambitious; Gregory shows that even "lesser" court members were at the top of their game.

The novel is very vivid to say the least (do you expect any less from Gregory?) and is an entertaining and easy read. How historically accurate is it, you ask? Well, let'
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Maggie Anton
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 ...more
Brittany B.
3.5 stars.

Judging this as a work of fiction and for its entertainment value, it is better than I expected. On the other hand, Gregory took liberties with her writing that were beyond ethical, in historical fiction.

To keep for me now, and I will write a review soon.
Iset
Aug 08, 2014 Iset rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philippa Gregory fans
Recommended to Iset by: No one

Let's begin by discussing the leading premise of the book - Hannah's Sight. The premise of a character with an uncontrollable power of prophecy is undoubtedly interesting, but it jars with the historical setting, so this would be best viewed as historical fantasy. There is a second issue, and that's the fact that Hannah's Sight basically serves no function or usefulness in the plot. Let's just think about this for a second. Hannah has no control over her episodes, and frequently she can't unders
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Annalisa
May 08, 2008 Annalisa rated it liked it
Recommended to Annalisa by: Melinda
What I did like about this book is that she showed us Queen Mary's court from a Jew hidden in a battle between Catholic and Protestant loyalties where the wrong choice could get you killed. This girl had fear of both sides. It was an interesting choice of voice. What Gregory didn't seem able to give voice to were the fool's wits. And now I see why she never showed us Anne's wit in The Other Boleyn Girl: she herself is void of intelligent humor.

I enjoyed grasping bloody Mary's motives. One thing
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Gary
Jun 09, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a young girl, Hannah Green, from a Jewish family that hides their identity to escape persecution while secretly holding on to their faith and nationhood.
Hannah and her father have come from Spain, where Hannah's mother was burned as one of the thousands of innocent victims of the Spanish Inquisition.
Hannah has the gift of a seer. She is dressed as a boy in order to protect her, and soon comes to the attention of Lord Robert Dudley, who recruits her to the court of Queen Mary
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Susan O'Bryant
Feb 24, 2011 Susan O'Bryant rated it it was amazing
I rarely give a book a full 5 stars, but this one truly deserves the highest rating possible. I've never read a piece of historical fiction that brings the characters to life as much as this novel does. I love to learn new things, and this book prompted me to read more about that period in European history.

This was the best historical fiction novel I have ever read. Whenever I pick up a book of any genre of fiction, I'm always hoping that I will find a character (or characters) who will be inter
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Elena
Feb 10, 2011 Elena rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, reviewed
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Antof9
Dec 04, 2008 Antof9 rated it really liked it
Written in my hotel room after reading this too late: I should be asleep, but I couldn't put this book down. I stayed up way too late in my hotel room, reading, and now I must go to bed! But I have to say that I loved this book -- definitely more than any of her others that I've read so far, and was totally engrossed. I loved the story, I loved things like the Verde/Green name, I loved Hannah's choices to be honorable, I loved Mary, Daniel, etc., etc.

I know nothing of the Jews during this time i
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Lee
Aug 17, 2007 Lee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lady Historical Fiction Fans
Our protagonist is a young Jewish girl who escapes the Spanish Inquisition by fleeing to England with her father where they pose as non-Jewish bookmakers. She eventually works her way into favor with Henry VIII's eldest daughter, Queen Mary, because she has flashes of clairvoyance [a "fool" at this point in history is a person kept around by royalty for any kind of amusement - not a moron, as the title might suggest...].

She's also of interest to the future Elizabeth I, and her infamous lover, Lo
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Kendra
Sep 11, 2011 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gregory has become one of my favorite authors and I look forward to finding her other books. The Queen’s Fool is set in the mid-1500’s and spans the reign of a young king and eventually an older queen. The narrator of the story is a young girl, Hannah, who has spent her life running to protect herself. She is a Jew living in a non-tolerant world, surrounded by death and destruction. But, in the middle of it all, she manages to find love and a few friends, namely Queen Mary, Lord Robert Dudley, ...more
Tita
Dec 10, 2009 Tita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2009
Neste livro acompanhamos a história de Hannah Green, uma jovem judia que fugiu de Espanha juntamente com o seu pai para fugir à inquisição, com um espírito livre, mas prometida a um noivo judeu.
Após conhecer Robert Dudley, Hannah é levada para a corte como bobo, mas para trabalhar como espia, primeiro a Mary e posteriormente a Elizabeth.
Apesar de a personagem principal ser uma personagem fictícia, acompanhamos a história de Mary Tudor, desde a morte do irmão, a tornar-se Rainha, o seu casamento
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Chris
Nov 02, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok
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Megan Tiscareno
Apr 01, 2011 Megan Tiscareno rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I've never been so torn on how to feel about main characters until I read this book. I was so utterly torn between disgust and love for both Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth at times. It was an amazing book, really telling about the characters of people, mixed with of course, some factual historical information, and a really lovely story about a girl who comes of age and figures out what she desires.
Natalie
Wow! I really enjoyed this book. I enjo It was wellw0written. I would recommend it to any one who has read her book before, but it isn't good for first time readers who have no back ground knowledge. The series should be read in because the books on each other. This books gives a vivid portrait of the struggles women faced in the mid-to-late fifteen hundreds.
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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acc ...more
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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1)
  • The Red Queen (The Cousins' War, #2)
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War, #4)
  • The White Princess (The Cousins' War, #5)
  • The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)
  • The King's Curse (The Cousins' War, #6)
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #8)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)
  • The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #10)

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