patbaka, February 19, 2010 (view all comments by patbaka)
Historical novels usually have little appeal to me but after recieving this as a gift and starting to read it I actually found it to be a page turner. It is long but so interesting and refreshing to follow a young girls life in the 1500's. I really enjoyed this novel and suggest all readers try at least one of Philippa Gregory's bestsellers.
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lindenslilly, December 23, 2007 (view all comments by lindenslilly)
This is another beautifully written book by Philippa Gregory. The story touches on religious conflict, marital conflict, and the emotional struggle for a woman’s self fulfillment in the midst of political danger and court intrigue. It is elegant and rich where so many other historical fiction novelists are transparent and forced.
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Jenna Hart, November 28, 2007 (view all comments by Jenna Hart)
This is a brilliant book, nearly as good as 'The Other Boleyn Girl' which is one of my favorite novels, and believe me it is very hard ro match up to! The book follows the story of Hannah, a Holy Fool to first King Edward and then Mary Tudor. You see through her eyes the many turmoils and tragedies that happened at that time from the death of the King Edward to just the beginning of Elizabeth the 1st's reign. It gives you a different view of history portraying Mary as a gentle loving woman forced to sometimes madness from the way she is treated by her husband, sister and longing for a living child. Elizabeth is portrayed as a sometimes hard done by conniving person and in no way a VIRGN Queen. Robert Dudley is also there and is actually viewed in a nicer light than I normally find in historical novels. Hannah can sometimes be very frustrating heroine and you just want to try and shake some sense in to her sometimes especially when it comes to Lord Dudley. Daniel(Hannah's betrothed) is also very good and I can understand why Hannah was angry at him, but I think she went a bit over the top with the whole, I'm never going to talk to you again, thing. I'm not sure if Gregory's facts are all straight on the historical front but all in all a book well worth reading if you like 'The Other Boleyn Girl' and Philippa bring on another tudor novel!! Also if you missed reading Tino Georgiou's novel--"The Fates" You should check it out. It's well worth reading.
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In this eagerly awaited sequel to The Other Boleyn Girl, readers return to Tudor England, where the offspring of Henry VIII ascend to the throne amid treason, poisonous rivalries, accusations of heresy, and unrequited love.
A young woman caught in the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half sister, Elizabeth, must find her true destiny amid treason, poisonous rivalries, loss of faith, and unrequited love.
It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is 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 in 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 another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller.
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