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The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
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Jul 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, english-royalty
Read in March, 2008

The Queens Fool is about Mary Tudor and her sister, Elizabeth.
Unlike most of Philippa Gregory's books this one is told from the point of view of an entirely fictional character, Hannah Green. Hannah is a Jewish girl, living with her father on the run from the Inquisition. Hannah is blessed with a second sight, and is employed by Robert Dudley as a Holy Fool for King Edward.
When Edward dies Hannah is employed by Robert Dudley to spy on Mary. Mary, in turn, sends her to Elizabeth (eventually.)
Hannah becomes close to both women and loves them both. Her affection becomes one more thing for the sisters to compete for.
Woven into the historical stories of Mary and Elizabeth is a fictional story (based on fact, of course) of Hannah and her life that is very intersting and enjoyable.
I thought this book was great.

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