The ueen's Fool

The ueen's Fool➸ The ueen's Fool Download ➿ Author Philippa Gregory – Heartforum.co.uk A young woman caught in the rivalry between ueen Mary and her half sister Elizabeth must find her true destiny amid treason poisonous rivalries loss of faith and unreuited loveIt is winter 1553 Pursue A young woman caught in the rivalry between ueen Mary and her half sister Elizabeth must find her true destiny The ueen's MOBI :Ä amid treason poisonous rivalries loss of faith and unreuited loveIt is winter Pursued by the Inuisition 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 ueen Mary and ultimately ueen 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 desiresTeeming with vibrant period detail and peopled by characters seamlessly woven into the sweeping tapestry of history The ueen's Fool is another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller.

wwwPhilippaGregorycom become addicted to the updates of historical research as well as the progress of her ducklingsHer other great interest The ueen's MOBI :Ä is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago; Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for wells in the primary schools of the dry poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wellsA former student of Sussex University and a PhD and Alumna of the Year of Edinburgh University her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers and is a regular broadcaster on television radio and webcasts from her website Philipa's Facebook page.

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  • Paperback
  • 490 pages
  • The ueen's Fool
  • Philippa Gregory
  • English
  • 15 August 2014
  • 9780743246071

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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The ueen's Fool The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #12 Philippa GregoryThe ueen's Fool by Philippa Gregory is a 2004 historical fiction novel Set between 1548 and 1558 it is part of Philippa Gregory's Tudor series Nine year old Hannah Green sees Thomas Seymour and Elizabeth flirting when she delivers books for her father When asked why she seems surprised she tells him she has seen a scaffold behind him Seymour is executed within a year Hannah and her father run a book shop on Fleet Street They fled Spain after Hannah's mother was burnt at the stake during the Inuisition Period Lord Robert Dudley and John Dee his tutor visit the shop where John realises Hannah has the Sight when she tells them the Angel Uriel was walking behind them Her father denies it calling Hannah a fool and claiming she is simple but Robert and John insist on hiring Hannah as a holy fool to King Edward VI The king learning about her gift asks her what she sees of him Hannah replies that she sees the gates of heaven opening for him Amused by her answer the king accepts her Though unwilling at first Hannah accepts her life at court serving as the King's Fool but also the Dudley family's vassal performing tasks and errands as reuested تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز پانزدهم ماه مارس سال 2019 میلادیعنوان دلقک دربار ملکه؛ نویسنده فیلیپا گرگوری؛ مترجم کامیار جولایی؛ تهران، جویا‏‫، 1386؛ 1387؛ در 383ص؛ شابک 9789642895045؛ موضوع داستانهای تاریخ از نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 21مدر «انگلستان» سده های میانی، روزهای تاریکی و جهل است؛ رقابت، میان «مری» دختر قانونی «هنری هشتم»، که کاتولیک است، و به مبانی کلیسا تعصب دارد، و «الیزابت»، دختر نامشروع «هنری»، درگرفته است؛ «الیزابت» نیز، مدعی تاج و تخت «انگلستان» است؛ این رقابت روزگار مردم را سیاه کرده، و پیروان هیچ یک از مذاهب، به جز کاتولیکها در امان نیستند؛ آنها را به دادگاه تفتیش عقاید می‌سپارند، تا پس از شکنجه به شعله های آتش سپرده شوند؛ راوی داستان، دلقک دربار، دختر پانزده ساله ای است، که با درایت فراوان، نزد «ملکه مری»، و سپس «ملکه الیزابت» خدمت میکند، و آنچه را میبیند، با روایتی شیوا، برای خوانشگر باز می‌گوید؛نقل نمونه متن تابستان 1548میلادی دختر دهسال بیشتر نداشت، با چشمانی درشت و سیاه، و لباسی مندرس، که به زور سعی کرده بودند آنرا اندازه ی تن او کنند که نبود و لباسی دخترانه برازنده ی او بسازند که نه دخترانه و نه برازنده بود؛ دو کتاب سنگین زیر بغل دست چپ و راستش گرفته بود؛ آنها را تقریبا به سختی حمل میکرد؛ هرچند وانمود میکرد در حمل آنها مشکل ندارد؛ جلو دروازه ی اصلی کاخ که رسید متوقف شد، انتظار داشت مثل دفعات قبل سرنگهبان او را بشناسد، اما سرنگهبان امروز جوانی چاق و غول پیکر بود، شاید از تبار اسکاتلندیها که اخمهایش را درهم کرده بود، و بدون آنکه به او نگاه کند، با لهجه ی عوامانه ی ولشی پرسید «اینجا کار و کاسبی داری بچه؟» با اخم و بدون آنکه به او نگاه کند حرف میزد؛دختر گفت «با ارباب تام سیمور کار دارم، قربان» شاید کلمه ی قربان بود که او را به خنده واداشت یا واژه ی اربابی که برای تام سیمور به کار برده بود؛ پرسید «چکارش داری بچه؟» دختر گفت «کتاب برایشان آورده ام؛ خودشان سفارش داده اند» سرنگهبان گفت «عجب» دختر گفت «من قبلاً هم اینجا آمده ام» سرنگهبان که توجهش جلب شده بود، حالا با هر دو چشم به او مینگریستدختر گفت «نگهبان دیگری اینجا بود که زود اجازه میداد» سرنگهبان گفت «اگر من زود اجازه ندهم؟»؛ «به سر تام سیمور خواهم گفت» سرنگهبان قد صاف کرد؛ این دختر با آن چشمهای سیاه و لباس بیقواره، اصلاً از او نمیترسید، سهل است تهدیدش هم میکرد؛ به نگهبان در ورودی اشاره ای کرد؛ نگهبان کلون در را کشیدسرنگهبان گفت «بذار این آقاپسر، نه دخترخانم، بره تو» دختر به متلک او اعتنایی نکرد و گفت «متشکرم آقا» بعد کتابها را که سنگینتر از حدّ سن و سال او بود زیر بغل جابجا کرد؛ سرش را بالا گرفت و وارد حیاط قصر شد؛ سرنگهبان زیرچشمی به او نگاه میکرد و در فکر بود؛ از همه حرفها گذشته خلق و خوی سر تام سیمور به خیلی کارها میخورد، شایعات زیادی درباره ی او جریان داشت، اما به کتاب خواندن نه؛دختر از خدمتکاری در باغ قصر پرسید کجا میتواند سر ویلیام سیمور را پیدا کند، و خدمتکار با لبخندی محو، که دختر آن را دید، اما معنایش را نفهمید، پاسخ داد؛ «ایشان همیشه نزد ملکه هستند» و به جاییکه ملکه نشسته بود، اشاره کرد؛ دختر از میان ردیف بوته های تزیینی پیش رفت، و به جایی نزدیک شد، که ملکه نشسته بود و به همراه ندیمه هایش، سرگرم دوخت و دوز بودند؛اینجا وسط درختان و گیاهان زیبا، که به دقت پیراسته شده بود، مجموعه ای از کمیابترین گیاهان قیمتی جهان جمع آوری شده بود؛ توجه دختر به سوی خدمتکاری جلب شد که از او میپرسید چه میخواهد؛ دختر گفت «به دنبال سر تام سیمور هستم؛ برای او کتاب آورده ام»؛خدمتکار نزد ملکه رفت؛ تعظیمی کرد و چیزی گفت؛ ملکه به دختر که در فاصله ی دورتری ایستاده و با دیدن او تعظیم کرد، لبخندی زد و با صدای بلند گفت «آنجا در میان درختان»؛ دختر و تام سیمور در میان درختان بودند، که با شنیدن صدای پا به سرعت از جا پریدند؛ هرکس آنها را میدید متوجه میشد نادختری و شوهر ملکه، سرگرم گفتگویی معصومانه نبودند؛ تام سیمور میترسید همسرش، ملکه به سراغش آمده باشد؛ اما ملکه آنجا نبود؛ فقط یک دختربچه بود، که کلاهی به سر داشت و بند آن را زیر گردنش بسته بود، و با چشمانش به آنها خیره شده بود، و دو کتاب در دست داشتمرد گفت «چطوری دختر خوب؟ مرا حسابی ترساندی؛ فکر کردم جن و پری، چیزی هستی»؛ دختر با لهجه ی اسپانیایی گفت «مرا ببخشید آقا، پدرم گفت این کتابها را به سر توماس سیمور برسانم؛ به من گفتند شما در باغ هستید»؛ دختر کتابها را به سوی او گرفت، و سر توماس ناچار شد کتابها را بگیرد؛ پرسید «دختر کتابفروش هستی؟» دختر تعظیمی کرد اما نگاه تیره اش به مرد، پابرجا بود؛ مرد پرسید «به چی خیره شدی بچه؟» «به شما نگاه میکردم قربان، و چیز بسیار ترسناکی دیدم»؛ مرد پرسید «چی؟» برای یک لحظه ترسید نکند مبادا دختر آنها را با هم دیده باشد؛ «پشت سرتان چوبه ی دار را دیدم»؛ بعد رو گرداند و رفت؛ انگار هیچ کار دیگری نداشت مگر آنکه بیاید و این حرف را بزند و برود؛ سر توماس رو به دختر کرد که داشت موهایش را مرتب میکرد، و پرسید «شنیدی چه گفت؟»؛الیزابت گفت «نه، چیزی گفت؟»؛ گفت «که پشت سرم چوبه ی دار را میبیند»؛ سعی میکرد ترس خود را آشکار نکند، و چیزی را که شنیده بود شوخی تلقی کند؛ الیزابت با شنیدن کلمه ی چوبه ی دار بناگاه هشیار شد؛ «چرا چنین حرفی زد؟»؛ مرد گفت «خدا میداند، جادوگر احمق کوچولو، شاید کلمه را درست به کار نبرده، خارجی بود، شاید منظورش چوبِ تخت بود، شاید تخت سلطنت را پشت سر من دید»؛ اما این شوخی چندان موفق نبود؛در نظر الیزابت چوبه ی دار و تخت سلطنت نزدیک هم بودند، بنابراین رنگ از رویش پرید؛ پرسید «این دختر کی بود؟» مرد اینطرف و آنطرف را نگاه کرد، اما کسی را ندید؛ در ته یکی از خیابانهای باغ، همسرش را دید که به سوی او میآید؛ رو به دختر کرد «یک کلمه از این موضوع به او نگو نمیخواهم که حال نامادریت خراب شود»؛ لازم نبود به دختر چیزی بگوید؛ او حواسش جمع بود نقشی را ایفا نماید که بقای او را حفظ کند اینها را خوب میدانست؛ او دختر پدر و مادری دروغگو بود؛ مرد دست او را گرفت و با هم به طرف همسرش کاترین رفتند؛مرد لبخندی مصنوعی زد «آخرسر او را گرفتم» بازهم به دور و بر نگاه کرد؛ از دختر اصلاً اثری نبود؛ من همان دختر بودم، و این اولین باری بود شاهزاده خانم الیزابت را دیدم؛ اما تام سیمور را آخرین باری بود که میدیدم؛ او ظرف یکسال بعد، به جرم خیانت بالای چوبه ی دار رفت؛ الیزابت سه بار به قید سوگند، داشتن هر گونه رابطه ای با او را انکار کرد»؛ پایان نقلتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 16041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  2. Annie says:

    Gregory the reigning ueen of historical fiction weaves a tale that is as much an insight into the Tudor court as it is into religious history The protagonist Hannah is a secret Jew serving a Catholic ueen and befriending a Protestant Princess What a catalyst for an electrifying plot Being that this story is based in history and immersed in fact there are twists and turns that you will anticipate However the addition of a completely fictional heroine adds a layer of intrigue and provides you with plot points you will not see coming It is such a satisfying narrative arc that you won't want it to finish and you certainly won't want to leave Hannah behind Hannah is a character full of contradictions Like many women of the time Hannah's age and her sexual innocence leave her at the mercy of men who would use her for social elevation However her education and life experience make her cunning a formidable player in these war games She gives her heart freely to Robert Dudley ueen Mary and Princess Elizabeth all at once and in doing so endears them all to the reader Yet she finds it hardest of all to give herself over to a love far greater than any of these one grounded in safety and protection She is a tangible character and one I am sorry to say goodbye to This was one of the most enjoyable history lessons I've ever had and a formidable novel next to 'The Other Boleyn Girl' I am so grateful for the sympathy and understanding I now have for England's first female ruler and one of history's most notorious tyrants I saw 'Bloody Mary' through Hannah's eyes and now history is not just black and white it is all shades of red Don't read this if You don't like reading Read this book if You want to be swept away to another world and another time If you even have a vague fascination with history than read this book You may get out of it if you're interested in Tudor and religious history however the narrative and characterisation is so strong it wouldn't matter

  3. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    Personally I thought the story would have been better if there was less of actual historical figures and original characters At this point it just feels like fluff and I would have liked for the main characternarrator to have her own adventures away from the intrigue of the royal court

  4. K. says:

    I was pretty excited about reading my first Philippa Gregory book I mean she has like a thousand books and they've been turned into movies and miniseries and who knows what else She clearly knows her shit where historical research is concerned particularly the Tudor period And yet I only made it to page THREE before I noped my way out of this book Here's a summary of those three pages 14 year old girl Grown ass married man sexually pursuing 14 year old girl Seriously He's encouraging her to play chasey with the intention of fucking her when he catches her Grown ass married man pins 14 year old girl against a tree out of sight of supervising adults 14 year old girl is suddenly no longer a giggling child she was a young woman in the heat of first desire Grown ass married man shoves his hand down her dress to fondle her boobs 14 year old girl is initially into it but then pulls away Grown ass married man SHOVES HIS HAND UP HER DRESS 14 year old girl clenches her legs shut until she feels the back of his hand on her hidden sex and then her knees buckle The girl was a virgin in name alone In reality she was little than a whore Nope I don't care if it's historically accurate I don't care that times were different A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL is being sexually assaulted by an adult who's clearly been grooming her and it's only page three Nope Nope nope nopity nope I'm done Fuckity bye book

  5. Tzippy says:

    Drinking game Every time ueen Princess here Elizabeth I is referred to as a whore in The ueen's Fool take a sip of wine By the time you finish the book your blood alcohol level will be infinityAside from the misogyny party everyone's invited the problem with this book as opposed to The Other Boleyn Girl is that the main character is an outsider with her own story She's a secret Jew from Spain whose mother was killed in the Inuisition So you have this balance between the intrigue of the Tudor court and the secret life of Marranos in EnglandEurope and the main focus of the book is supposed to be the Tudors but the Marranos aspect is actually interesting if only because everyone's not running around calling everyone else a whore all the timeI felt that the book delved a certain amount into what it was like to be a secret Jew but it could have done I especially would have liked to seen a reference to how they would go to the mikvah In stories about Jews who secretly maintained observance in the Soviet Union this comes up a lot secret mikvahs in the basement or women risking hypothermia to dunk in the sea I wanted to know what they did in England and France where presumably using natural bodies of water was less of a big deal but this wasn't even mentionedSo there's thatThere's also the weird way that Mary and Elizabeth are portrayed like Mary was just this sweet righteous woman who never wanted to burn and behead people she was just forced into it because of Elizabeth's schemes to secure the throne I guess that makes it okay thenThe other thing is regarding this whole baby subplot the dates don't add upview spoilerI was trying to figure out when exactly everything happened vis a vis this whole impregnating another woman thing because it seems pretty relevant even though Hannah doesn't seem to think soOkay so Daniel arrived in Calais around June of 1555 and at the time he and Hannah had just argued and the betrothal was in uestion I would even venture to say that they were On A Break Then Daniel and Hannah got married in June of 1557 and when they were married for two months Mrs Carpenter tells Hannah that Daniel had a baby with a local girl while Hannah was in England By the way I call shenanigans on the idea that someone who risked so much to stay Jewish and keep her family Jewish after surviving forced conversion is so thrilled to have a non Jewish grandchild no matter how much she dislikes her Jewish daughter in law but that's neither here nor there and Daniel admits that the baby is about five months old Which puts Baby Daniel's conception around June of 1556 But on the other hand Daniel explains his actions to Hannah by saying that he was lonely when he first arrived in Calais which implies that the affair started in the summer of 1555 and he says that he slept with the other woman than once and that it wasn't a serious relationship which is completely misleading if he was actually sleeping with her for a year And Daniel's mother says that the woman was pregnant when Daniel was in Padua but Daniel was in Padua by December 1555So I see three no prize possibilities here1 Daniel arrived in Calais in summer of 1555 depressed about his fight and uncertain status with Hannah slept with a woman in Calais a few times continued to feel bad and wrote a letter to Hannah telling her how much he loved her and wanted to renew the betrothal Around the time that Hannah wrote back Daniel broke things off with the Calais woman Then he traveled to Padua and renewed his betrothal with Hannah in another love letter Meanwhile in Calais the other woman realized she was pregnant and Daniel agreed to support the baby financially even though the affair was over Baby Daniel was born in March 1556 and when Daniel said that the baby was about five months old he was pulling a Rabbi Elazar ben Azarya and the baby was literally a year and five months Daniel still should have told Hannah about the baby and what he did overall wasn't right but it's forgivable and even a little bit understandable2 Same as above but Baby Daniel's gestation period was a year and nine months Seems unlikely but this theory is the only one that doesn't contradict canon and this is the same universe where ueen Mary has eleven month pregnancies that end with neither baby nor miscarriage so who knows3 Daniel was having an affair with this woman for over a year While he was writing to Hannah about how sorry he was and how much he loved her while he was accepting her terms and promising that they would work things out together he was sleeping with someone else and he continued to do so for over a year The Padua thing makes no sense unless he went back to Padua again in the winter of 1556 and the book never mentioned it? Anyway if this is the case then combined with the fact that he continued to see her while married to Hannah and that he never actually says when the last time he slept with her is he is a total creep and I don't understand why Hannah would ever go back to himSee how different the various narratives are? Without knowing which one is true how is the reader supposed to get a handle on the story? And why doesn't Hannah ask Daniel when he stopped sleeping with the other woman unless we're supposed to assume that he never did? I'm so confused hide spoiler

  6. Selah says:

    Enjoyed this book tremendously with the exception of the ending which felt weak and rushed compared to the rest of the book Excellent historical fiction I'm buying all this author's books

  7. Crystal Starr Light says:

    Hannah Verde Green is a young Jewish girl who poses as a boy to apprentice to her father a bookkeeper But when Lord Robert Dudley realizes she has The Sight she becomes King Edward's Fool Hannah The Fool gets to experience the King's death ueen Mary's rise to the throne and Princess Elizabeth's eternal scheming to get on the throne all from the front seat of the court But the real uestion is Will Hannah ever find Twoo Lurve?The last Philippa Gregory book I read The Other Boleyn Girl I called a guilty pleasure It wasn't that amazing the history was iffy the characters 1 dimensional but it was amusing and entertaining I wasn't bored in the slightestOddly enough I found myself enjoying The ueen's Fool even than I enjoyed TOBG I don't know much about the historical accuracy the characters might have been even annoying but I was definitely engaged in the story and interestedNOTE History isn't my forte I appreciate historical accuracy in a book but it's going to have to be pretty blatantly WRONG for me to notice it ie Jeans in the Middle Ages type thing Therefore if you are reading this review to see how accurate TF is I would suggest you move to another review because I won't be able to answer that uestion very adeuately at allProbably the biggest most obnoxious and annoying aspect of the book for me was Hannah Verde herself There was uite a bit I didn't like about her1 Anachronistic Yeah I know I just noted I Don't do history and my first complaint is about historical accuracy But I put this under Things that are obvious an idiot would know I'm sorry but I can't believe a 16th century woman would be saying these thingsI don't wish to marryI should like to have my own shop and print my own booksIt's not you I dislike It's marriage itself I wouldn't choose marriage at all What is it about the servitude of women hoping for safety to men who cannot even keep them safe?I need to be a woman in my own right and not only a wifeThis is the woman I've becomeWomen of this day got married and had kids That was it There was no big push for women's rights or women to have jobs outside of being a wife and mother Sorry if you want to do this plot device travel to the 1950's Even then though the women STILL were expected to be wives and mothers FIRST AND ONLY and were SHAMED if they had jobs just ask my grandmothers2 Mary Sue ness Hannah has The Sight some weird undefined phenomenon that takes a historical fiction book into the fantasy realm Women are jealous of her She befriends ueen Mary AND Princess Elizabeth and are buddy buddy with them up until the end She has several men chasing to get in her skirts She is shapely and attractive and has desires that are NOT common in her time period Hannah come on down you are the newest Mary Sue3 Miss Passivity Much like with Mary Boleyn Hannah barely does ANYTHING of her own volition Much of her life is being pushed around by everyone else Now I know earlier that I said that women were expected to be wives and mothers and basically didn't have rights That is true but I still think it is possible to show a historically accurate woman that isn't a doormat all the time letting everyone walk all over her4 Inconsistent Hannah spends much of the book fearing that she will be revealed as Jewish And THAT is why she clings to the VERY Catholic ueen Mary who killed several heretics during her time Uhwait that doesn't make sense Now this COULD have been done well if Hannah had met and befriended Mary which she did but had serious reservations and fears about Mary something like Mary is a woman I look up tobut she could kill me at any moment for being Jewish But this NEVER HAPPENSAnd yetshe says THISI couldn't pray to a God who would allow my mother to be burned to death I couldn't pray to a God who could be invoked by the torchbearersBut you can serve a Catholic ueen with no problems? Not even some Oh I like ueen Mary but she's burning people like the Catholic Church burned my Mom oh no what do I do? Huh? How does THAT make any sense? 5 Holier Than Thou Hannah flirts around with the married Lord Robert Dudley But when Princess Elizabeth does this WHAT A HORRIBLE SLUT THAT GIRL IS HOW DARE SHEThe ueen had to watch the man she still passionately loved at another woman's beck and call and that woman Elizabeth the unwanted sister who had stolen Mary's Father was now seducing her husbandAnd yet when Lord Robert's wife entrusted with Hannah's care treats Hannah like dirt thinking she has fooled around with Lord Robert and in some ways Hannah did GOD FORBID WHAT A HORRIBLE WOMAN HOW DARE she not treat Hannah with the utmost respectAnd then when Princess Elizabeth rebels against the Catholic ways SHAME ON HER for defying the laws Oh Hannah still practices her Jewish ways in secret? Oh THAT'S OKAY Geesh get it right6 Lack of compassion At one point Hannah learns Daniel has cheated on her She is understandably upset I truly did feel sorry for her and was glad when she reacted appropriately But when Amy Dudley's husband Hannah's beloved Lord Robert does the same thing does Hannah show ANY compassion or empathy to Amy? HELL NO7 Mary Boleyn 20 New and Improved There were several times where I found it hard to differentiate between Mary from TOBG and Hannah from TF Both were passive holier than thou women who admired their Pure and Righteous ueen Who Can Do No Wrong and fall in love with the most boring of men Even Hannah's supposed Jewishness felt fake; like painting a white rose red8 Forgetfulness After Hannah learns about Daniel's baby momma she leaves his house and lives with her father Understandable She also doesn't immediately take him back Good But then after the battle of Calais suddenly she forgets how he cheated on her and talks about how patient and longsuffering Daniel was how he waited for her until she left court and married him Um girlfriend no he wasn't patient If he were patient he wouldn't have a baby momma You have a VERY short memory don't you?For once I'd like to read a historical novel in which the female main character was correct to her time period wasn't a pushover had actual real female friends and LIKED them wasn't fawned all over by every male within a 30 mile radius and had simple human emotions such as compassion mercy understanding and kindnessBut enough about Hannah I think I've worn myself out talking about herThe other characters are 1 dimensional like in PG's TOBG ueen Mary is Pure and Holy and All Things Good While I liked this better than painting her as some devil woman just because she had a lot of people put to death it got to be over the top on numerous occasions Princess Elizabeth felt almost EXACTLY like Anne Boleyn from TOBG scheming playing around with men being evil and thinking of herself and her power over her country Again while I don't think Princessueen Elizabeth was all Perfection I don't think she was the harlot that PG tried to portray her asI got no sense of Hannah's father's character; he felt very much a blank slate Daniel felt like a selfish domineering pig I have no idea WHY he and Hannah Fell In Lurve Lord Robert was only a self serving rake; he didn't care about anyone other than himself Daniel's mother and sisters were terrible people well actually I had heart for them realizing that they were scared and didn't want to lose Daniel But the way Hannah talks about them you would think they chased her with pitchforks and playfully tied her to the lit BB every so oftenIn fact none of the women other than ueen Mary and Hannah herself are portrayed as being good It's sad that Hannah can't have a single female friend and not someone like the ueen someone of Hannah's own rankI did like William the court jester He was pretty amusing at times Given the 1 dimensional nature of the characters he was probably the most interesting character to meThe story is what I think really gripped me Even though Hannah drove me bonkers I was curious about what would happen to her I think also PG writing from the point of view of a fictional character helped her story; she had a lot flexibility and could show us the little things in court things that the bigger players like ueen Mary and Princess Elizabeth wouldn't have seen Sure it's awful convenient that Hannah gets in the employ of the Court and sees all that she does but I'll suspend disbelief for that What I find ridiculous honestly is The Sight I have no idea why THAT was included and I do realize that is what gets her hired but geesh there are other waysThe writing was serviceable Nothing glaringly bad My experience listening on audiobook was good though I did miss the woman who narrated TOBG I did wonder whether Hannah a Jewish girl would reference Judas IscariotWe ran from her like a pair of Judas Iscariots desperate to save our own skinsIf this would have been likely or not please comment and tell meI think if the character of Hannah had been stronger less annoying and uniue less like Mary Boleyn from TOBG then this book would have been enjoyable to read It's a decent read one that makes you head over to Wiki and check up on some long forgotten history Don't go in expecting brilliance and you are bound to be pleased

  8. Mariel says:

    Philippa Gregory writes royalty fanfic pretty much Sometimes she'll throw in a Mary Sue stand in based on an actual figure from history such as Mary Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl and ground her story on some small fact she wanted to do a what if on That's okay but it still feels like putting in your own new character into someone else's story this time a real one and adding importance to them that they didn't have Just like fanfics The ueen's Fool hones in on fictional Spaniard Jewish girl Hannah Greene The best parts were about her life in Spain and trying to be true to their faith in that environment nobody expects the Spanish inuisition Hannah gets married to a boy who is stretched too thin trying to take care of his mama and sister as well as taking a wife More than sharing his time Hannah wants to get down and do the nasty Hannah can't get anything she wants She has to practice being a good jew in secret from the government and then hide very real parts of herself from everyone including those who share her faith and supposedly her bodyThat was the best part of the book The standard fanfic historical fiction fare was the Oh yay Robert Dudley is so sexy and Won't the impossibly cool ueen Elizabeth notice me? There's no way that Robert Dudley was the hottie that historical fiction makes him out to be Then Elizabeth is a bitch they have to I don't see the need for it She was who she was Fascinating not a saint rationalize everything because apparently people can't just be complex individuals 'Boleyn' was the same way about Henry VIII He didn't need to be a bodice ripper type He got his and they were the harem girls waiting around The best part of that book was the new sexual practices from French court such as fellatio What do I expect from a genre that makes either Elizabeth or Dudley's wife the villain and Dudley always the poor torn soulThere had to be interesting things going on back then that did not involve royalty I know they need a selling hook but c'monThe ElizabethDudley stuff was the weakest partI think that it is best to read only one of these types of books at a time It's confusing for me to read one book with Mary Tudor as the heroine and then switch around and she's the baddie in Elizabeth's story

  9. Bookish Ally says:

    Did you know that the day Nov 17th of Mary Tudor’s death was celebrated and I DO mean CELEBRATED as a holiday in England for centuries? I actually read this book half grudgingly I can’t remember why now other than that I like to switch historical periods I was very pleasantly surprised I haven’t read many books from the period of “Bloody” Mary Tudor as it’s not the most popular period to write about and it’s a blot on mankind to read what we did to each other during those years of the Spanish Inuisition It’s hard to read about the atrocities of torture So yes this book included some of that The details were kept minimal but the fear that was felt by our heroine was a constant As a young jewish girl who had to endure having her mother ripped away from her to be burned as a heretic who came up with all of this ghastly business anyways? in Spain move from country to country and live with not only her heritage but her sex hidden her terror is palpable in “The ueen’s Fool” I think that “Hannah Green” is fictional but it provides a marvelous perspective on the time Dragging a BIT at times I found overall this book to be interesting and that it was able to hold my interest and add to my thoughts about Henry VIII’s legacy You may find yourself with sympathy towards the most unlikely people 375 ⭐️ stars

  10. Sara says:

    Book number twelve in the Tudor saga The ueen’s Fool seems to me to be one of Gregory’s weaker efforts or perhaps I am growing tired of her at last I love historical fiction that contains MORE of the historical and LESS of the fiction I have loved Gregory at times because I felt her fictional accounts fit so perfectly into the narrative that we know to be true into the facts that surround the tale I cannot say that I felt she did a good job here though as I walked away thinking that the story was completely ludicrous in view of the known facts and that rather than offering me a believable interpretation of the people she had offered an interpretation that I would judge has less than an hair’s breadth of being true I’m not sure I can buy Bloody Mary Tudor as a sweet girl who was trying to save the souls of one and all by burning them at the stake Wouldn’t it make a bit sense that this woman who was treated so poorly by her father and his cronies while being no doubt influenced by her mother’s unwavering adherence to Catholicism might have had a bit of a vengeful streak in her that would have made burning people and lopping off heads an easier task? I kept asking myself unanswerable uestions Would you continue to love a person and put them above your own safety and that of your father if they signed an order to have you interrogated by the Inuisition? Can a person truly serve two masters faithfully? I know it makes for a character who can relate first hand what is going on in both camps but really wouldn’t your true feelings lean one way or the other? And finally history tells us Elizabeth I was a strong and independent woman I just can’t buy this slutty femme fatale version of her If she had been this woman could she have survived to have reigned and would these men have respected her judgment as history tells us they did? So given these failings how can I give it a 3 star rating? Well Gregory knows her craft well enough to spin a tale that you want to see through to fruition She makes you stay even at those moments when you are shaking your head and saying “I don’t think so” I’ll give her a star for that alone With another author I would probably have been out of there less than half way in I have two novels to read in this series of books about the Plantagenets and Tudors Since I have not read them in complete order I have already read the next book in line The Virgin’s Lover which is the continuation of this book into the life and reign of Elizabeth I I thought it also a weaker novel than her norm Perhaps Gregory is tired perhaps I am tired or perhaps she doesn’t like Elizabeth and feels moved to malign her?I am hoping that the last two will revert to the uality of some of the earlier ones The book about Katherine Parr should be interesting if handled well since I am not as familiar with her and might not notice the historical inconsistencies uite as much The last will be The Last Tudor which by its title promises to be the last in this long long line I admit I will not be unhappy to have it done

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