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About the Author
Her flair for blending history and imagination developed into a signature style and Philippa went on to write many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen.
Now a recognised authority on women’s history, Philippa graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent and was made Alumna of the Year in 2009. She holds honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck University of London.
Philippa is a member of the Society of Authors and in 2016 was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award by the Historical Writers’ Association. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Platinum Award by Neilsen for achieving significant lifetime sales across her entire book output.
She welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com.
- ASIN : B0014IZ5RA
- Publisher : Atria Books (February 19, 2008)
- Publication date : February 19, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 6476 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 514 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,715 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While Hannah may be a fictitious character, there is a great deal of history packed into this novel having to do with England's relationship with Spain and France at that time, the plight of Jews all over Europe (including in England), the shifting attitude towards religious freedom in England, and the restrictive nature of a woman's life in the 16th century. And of course, there is a love story intertwined throughout the book. Hannah, who is a gangling adolescent at the beginning blossoms into a beautiful young woman by the end. I don't want to give too much away, since I want you to enjoy the book as much as I did!
some of her other books. I bought it because I was running out of her books to read ! What a pleasant surprise- I think it is one of her best !
If you are a Philippa Gregory fan or a fan of this genre, don't miss this book !
Because of her Sight, Dudley brings Hannah to Court as a Holy Fool. Dressed androgynously, Dudley employs Hannah to be his eyes and ears in court and even more importantly during his imprisonment in the tower.
Hannah maintains her position in the court even after Edward's death while her betrothed, another marrano, Daniel Carpenter, who is a physician in training and the beloved son and brother to his household.
Hannah manages to both ingratiate herself to Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth, often acting as a go spy for both the Royal heirs for Dudley. She is called upon by him and his confidant, Dr. Dees, to foresee the future. And while her gift is not always biddable, much of what she reveals does come to pass.
Philippe Gregory is the master of Tudor historical fiction, and this book is not a disappointment.
However, there are two things wrong with the book - first, the "cover" story about the young girl who plays the Queen's fool is fairly unbelievable. Secondly, the book lacks character depth - in a good book you should know how the characters feel because of what they say and do, not because the narrator has to continually tell you. I felt like Hannah was inconsistent. But, I loved her spunk!
After reading this book (which we read for our book club) I read a non-fiction history, "The Wives of Henry the Eighth" by Martin Hume. This book provides the background to significantly help understand the deeply unstable environment in which Queen Mary was raised. It vividly evoked the terror and horror of Henry VIII's reign as well as the egocentric, un-motherly behavior of Katherine of Aragon, Queen Mary's mother. If you want to enjoy The Queen's Fool more, first read "The Wives of Henry the Eighth".
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The freedom with which Hannah is able to move between the two sisters and Dudley, who Hannah is in love with, stretches the credulity somewhat. She is a favourite of all of them apparently to the exclusion of most others, despite her refusal to act according to the norms of the time. Added to this her ability to see the future, she becomes supernatural, although of course cannot change the course of history.
Action was a bit slow and this was not one of Philippa Gregory's best.
Mary and Elizabeth and ultimately finds herself and her place in the world. Great book.
The real story in the book, a revisionist account of the reign of Queen Mary (Bloody Mary), and the accession of Elizabeth I, is quite well written, but the central character, Hannah Green (the titular Queen's Fool) is miraculously realised as an unlikely 21st century style feminist savant, way beyond the realms of credibility and actually rather irritating.