A stunning novel set in the Tudor court, from the Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Philippa Gregory.
I would have been a fool indeed to tell the truth in this court of liars…
1553. King Edward is on his deathbed, and the future of the Tudor dynasty swings perilously.
Forced out of Spain by the Inquisition, Hannah Green arrives in a volatile kingdom. She is identified as a seer and sworn into the service of Robert Dudley, the son of King Edward’s protector and a key player at court. Her task: to keep watch on Princess Mary, the forgotten heir.
Mary’s grip on the Crown is fragile. Elizabeth, Mary’s half-sister, is ready to take England’s throne. Caught in the rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII, Hannah must navigate her way through a treacherous court if she is to survive.
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
‘Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows’
Peter Ackroyd, The Times
‘For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating’ Sunday Times
About the author
Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Her Cousins’ War novels were the basis for the highly successful BBC series, The White Queen.
Philippa’s other great interest is the charity that she founded twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for over 200 wells in the primary schools of this poor African country.
Philippa is a former student of Sussex University and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University. In 2016, she was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award by the Historical Writers' Association. Her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. Philippa lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire and welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The Queen’s Fool by Phillipa Gregory
This was an amazing read, which shows the real depth of research the author underwent , to let readers understand how far people will go to cement their own beliefs or wants, with regard to enlightenment and salvation.
There were however many contradictions of the character Hannah, which were very noticeable, in that she was portrayed as a Jew, and a Hebrew at the same time.
Jews and Hebrews are two completely different sets of people, that do not share the same faith or beliefs, although today, most Hebrews call themselves Christian, as a result of the named heretical killings.
Further the main character was portrayed as both white and dark skinned in this book. Skin colour is not interchangeable. Being Hebrew is not a religion, the Hebrews were and are a particular nation of people, same as the Jewish, but the 2 are in no way one and the same, as implied in this book.
The Hebrews and their ancestors are God’s chosen people, not the Jewish, meaning the real truth is still being masked.
This book is written as historical fiction, but has real names, places and times have been used, it makes this book historical fact, and as such, would have been good to see the real facts presented.
Well done Madam Gregory for such great writing all the same.
The Queens Fool-
Amazing read couldn't put it down
The queens fool