Monday, March 1, 2010

The Queen's Fool - Phillippa Gregory

Synopsis for The Queen's Fool:

"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."

Jenn: This book, unlike her others, is narrated by a fictional character put into historical events, but it didn't really detract from the story. It was still very well done, like all her other books. You truly felt for Queen Mary, and the irony of her life is unbelievable. You end up with a love/hate relationship for Elizabeth because she's incredibly selfish, but her determination has to be admired at least a little bit. And the story of the make believe herione is just as interesting, and you have to admire her for wanting to stand up for herself in a time period when that just wasn't allowed. You see her grow and mature and the ending, while left a bit unfinished in terms of the historical characters, is satisfying for the fictional ones. A very good read.

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