Full of convincing historical facts of the Tudor period and intertwined with rich authentic drama this is Philippa Gregory at her best. She writes quite brilliantly about the massive power struggle between Elizabeth and Mary, and a girl under the employ of Robert Dudley, called Hannah whose twisted loyalties are portrayed so well. Full of realism, wonderfully heart-warming and brimming with love and betrayal this is sure to have you reading long into the night.
The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
At a time when an innocent woman could be burned for heresy or strangled for witchcraft, to spy on the Queen for love of a traitor was the most dangerous choice of all.
Into a Tudor court on the brink of treason comes Hannah, a young Jewish girl on the run from the Inquisition. Sworn into the service of handsome Robert Dudley, she is sent as a Holy Fool to spy on Princess Mary Tudor, the forgotten heir to King Edward's throne. Instead of the tyrant of popular legend, Hannah finds a woman waiting for her chance and only wanting the best for the kingdom - while her sister Elizabeth waits to take advantage of any mistakes, and longs for her death.
Caught in the lifelong enmity between the rival daughters of Henry VIII, torn between her infatuation with Dudley and duty to her family, thrilled by her own rare gifts, but scared of the unknown, Hannah must find a safe way through dangerous times. Times in which she is both key witness and key player, when the wrong religion is a death sentence, science and magic are one, and true love can mean death.
'A rich brew of passion and intrigue' Daily Mail
'The kind of pleasure only a born storyteller can offer' Independent on Sunday
'Gregory has taken the story in which we all know the protagonists and the hand history dealt them and has infused it with an extraordinary sense of suspense, drama and surprise' Sunday Express
About the Author
Philippa Gregory was our Guest Editor in October 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.
Dr Philippa Gregory studied history at the University of Sussex and was awarded a PhD at the University of Edinburgh for her work on eighteenth century novels and their readership. Philippa is a recognised authority on women's history and a regular contributor to TV and radio programmes as well as international newspapers. Her bestselling Tudor series includes The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film, and her most recent collection, the Cousins' War series, includes three Number One bestsellers, The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Lady of the Rivers. She is the author of 23 novels including her recent debut Young Adult novel The Changeling, which is the first part of her Order of Darkness series. Philippa welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com.
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