The Queen's Fool

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The Queen's Fool

By Philippa Gregory

Touchstone Books, Paperback, 9780743246071, 512pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2004

Description
#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 the Author
Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including "The Other Boleyn Girl", and is a recognized authority on women s history. Her Cousins War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries "The White Queen". She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds an honorary degree from Teesside University, and is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.