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.
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The Queens Fool-
Amazing read couldn't put it down
The queens fool
The Queens Fool
I couldn't put this book down! I never had the chance to study history, but through my mothers own interest in the Tudor's, I had a vague understanding of the complicated war between Catholicism and the Protestants, which amongst other battles of faith goes on even today. The insight this book gives into these turbulent times and the horrendous cruelty carried in the name of faith is completely enlightening! We think things are bad now!! Just read this book and see that actually life seems a little easier these days. A wonderful story using 'Hannah The Fool' to tell it. I for one truly learnt a lot . Thank you Phillipa.
I am not a scholar but am a curious modern woman, too busy to think sometimes and this book enabled me to start to understand the complexities of the human race and its passions with religion and power a little more. God bless Mary and Elizabeth's poor tormented souls.