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Summary

It is 1553. Hannah Green, the young daughter of a Jewish bookseller, is forced out of Spain by the Inquisition, and becomes an unlikely player at the fractious Tudor Court.   

Her gifts of foresight mean that she is given, as a Holy Fool to the newly crowned Mary I. But as Mary's grip on the throne loosens, threatened by the ambitions of her sister, Elizabeth, Hannah is trapped in the deadly rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII.   

As a secret Jew and unwitting spy in the struggle between a Catholic queen and a Protestant princess, Hannah must hide her own identity, as a girl watching a passionate queen and her cold-hearted sister, Hannah must learn how to be a woman.   

With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Hannah's story.

©2003 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Philppa Gregory: "Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing." (Daily Mail)

"Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images...while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent." (Daily Telegraph)

"Subtle and exciting." (Daily Express)

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Her best book yet.

I was sceptical to start this book as I thought it seemed like she was scraping the barrel of Tudor history for the sake of another book.
However, I was proven wrong and actually found this to be the best book out of all them. I think I actually shed a tear! Loved every minute of it and was sad when it came to an end.

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Different!

This is probably a very good book like so many of Philippa Gregory's books are.
I read this title from the library on CD's, and I simply loved it. It could even of been
Philippa Gregory that wrote it , it was years ago. Unfortunately, this one was completely different, I was so disappointed because I wanted to read it again because it was so good. I loved the narration also., but although the narrator is
the same person, she has grown up and sounds very different. I can only give stars for the one I read year's ago.

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The Queen's Fool

The character of Hannah provided the necessary depth to bring originality to this familiar historical story and her ability to empathise with and understand the other characters made it more human. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying characters and events.

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Excellent

It was excellent as usual, it's what I've come to expect from Philippa Gregory, and Yolanda Kettle was very good, I'd listen to her over and over again.

I did find the story dragged a little bit towards the end, some of the back and forth journeys from character to character were a bit onerous, but, other than that I enjoyed it.

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FANTASTIC - AMAZING - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A beautiful narrative that follows the journey of young fool at the Tudor Court - with an insight into the lives of Jews in Tudor times and the loss of Calais.

Beautifully presented with passion and vivid imagery

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Gregory at her best

loved this book, gave an insight into the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth, and the seige of calais

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loved it

loved the story, narration was superb too. really happy I chose this book to hear

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So very real! Every word counted.

A fascinating read....it's difficult to find words to truly reflect how alive this book is.
Philipa Gregory illustrates a world where religions and political philosophies have brought people to a frighteningly negative state. In some ways even today there are places in the world where the lack of freedom of speech reflects the dark times of Mary's reign.
But also the insights into the more personal aspects of being human are beautifully illustrated.
One of those books where you want to read on forever.

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Adore this book

I absolutely adore this book, it’s the second time I’ve purchased it - first time years ago back when audio books weren’t a thing and now I’m revisiting all of the Tudor Court books because I have never enjoyed a series like them. I love the character of Hannah, giving a history of the Jewish community in Tudor England and giving the idea we have of both Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth more of a rounded overview. You absolutely fall in love with Robert Dudley and feel completely immersed in the Court once again. Would highly recommend anyone to discover this beautiful novel.

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The Queens Fool

Absolutely loved it, great listening. Philippa Gregory at her best. Looking for the next book now.