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The Queen's Fool: A Novel (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) Kindle Edition
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The hardships she endures, the tough choices she is forced to make and her life as a secret Jew make a delicious read. I love Phillipa Gregory's writing. I got a great deal through one of the many book clubs I subscribe to (BookBub, Sweet Deals, etc.). If you're a passionate reader belonging to a club saves you hundreds of $ if you're okay with e-reading.
I loved Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl", but cannot rate this book in the same category. While the author writes well, this story gets bogged down in minutiae and too much liberty is taken with the actual historical characters. The words that come out of Queen Mary, Robert Dudley, or Princess Elizabeth just do not ring true. They sound like the author's imaginary projections, not the actual words. The dialogue lacks the authenticity of the historical details plastered all over the text and often interfering in the flow of the real story.
Hannah's relationship with her cousin and betrothed is well done. You can feel the passion slowly developing. In some way perhaps this book would have been better giving that relationship more attention rather than occasional updates. If you enjoy historical novels during this era, I recommend figures in Silkby Vanora Bennett, a story set during the reign of Charles II that focuses on the growth of the Silk trade and court life. Like Hannah, the main character is a fictional woman, a doctor, and like Hannah, striving to create a place for herself in this male-dominated society. The story is faster-paced, yet the historical events well portrayed.
The main character of Hannah Verde ne Green Carpenter is fictional and the most entertaining in the series. Hannah is a long disguised Jew who at first, doubted her faith.
I found the background of her exile from Spain during the Inquisition to be thoughtfully portrayed. Her mother was burned at the stake. Hannah and her father, a printer, scholar and book seller made it to England where they believed they were safe from the fires.
She ended up begged as a Holy Fool to young King Edward by Robert Dudley. Her time disguised as a boy was a fun insertion and her dislike of gowns and ridiculous high heels something women can identify with today.
Of course she has a love interest and exciting times when she and her family flee England to Calais, the last English land on French soil.
I hope we will have a follow up book to continue Hannah's story...as the ending makes a fine point to begin the next story. I also like the royalty in the background as seen through Hannah...a needed change.
Overall, my favorite Tudor book.
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