The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory weaves a spellbinding tale of a young woman with the ability to see the future in an era when destiny was anything but clear.

Winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee with her father from their home in Spain. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee; she has the gift of “Sight,” the ability to foresee the future, priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward’s protector, who brings her to court as a “holy fool” for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth. Hired as a fool but working as a spy; promised in wedlock but in love with her master; endangered by the laws against heresy, treason, and witchcraft, Hannah must choose between the safe life of a commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are inextricably bound up with her own yearnings and desires.

Teeming with vibrant period detail and peopled by characters seamlessly woven into the sweeping tapestry of history, The Queen’s Fool is a rich and emotionally resonant gem from a masterful storyteller.

About Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website,
Published February 19, 2008 by Touchstone. 498 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The death of the young King Edward VI leaves England with his half-sister, Queen Mary, a staunch Catholic desperate to return England back to Rome on the throne and the other half-sister, Princess Elizabeth, a young Protestant who many in England rallied around in a desire to have her queen.

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Set in the turbulent period after the death of King Henry the VIII, The Queen's Fool, by Philippa Gregory, presents a vivid portrait of court life in England under the reigns of Henry's three heirs, Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth.

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