Title: The Queen’s Fool
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Tudor Court
Previous Books in the Series:
1. The Constant Princess
2. The Other Boleyn Girl
3. The Boleyn Inheritance
Date Started: June 29
Date Finished: July 1
Format: Paperback from local library
Hannah Green has never known a home at the age of fourteen. Since she was a child her family has been on the run. They are Jews who grew up in Aragon, Spain during the time of the Inquisition. Her mother was already claimed by the fire, and her father tries very hard not to have her claimed too, because not only is she a Jew, but she is also a Seer. The pair has escaped to London at the end of King Edward VI’s reign. Her father has set up a printing press and lords of the court come to buy his printings and manuscripts. On one such day, Hannah has a vision and the two lords are fascinated by her. They think she has seen an angel and they want her to work for them at court as the king’s fool. Hannah reluctantly agrees which takes her on a most interesting ride.
This is the second book about Queen Mary’s reign that I have read in the last few weeks and I have to say that this one was definitely the more interesting of the two. Mary is a lot like her mother and at first I was actually surprised how much she seemed to care for her half-sister Elizabeth, considering everything that happened because of that child. But I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that Mary was forced to take care of her for so many years of her life and saw what happened to that poor girl’s mother that she took her under her wing. However, when Elizabeth started acting like her mother, the tides quickly turned and Mary was very outspoken about Elizabeth not being of Tudor blood.
Hannah was an okay narrator. I get where she was coming from for being so confused at her age. She was a girl on the cusp of womanhood who was thrown into court life and then asked to leave to marry a boy she hardly knew and only wished to control her. Only at the fear of her own life did she finally leave and marry him. But even that wasn’t too be. I can’t say I was too surprised about Daniel’s betrayal, because to be honest, considering how those two parted when his family and her father were running again, you knew something was going to happen there. I was actually surprised with a few things when it came to Hannah. The first was how quickly she realized that even though Daniel did betray her, that she still loved him. Did that have anything to do with the fact that Daniel’s bastard was left motherless? One has to wonder. And the other was how even after everything Robert Dudley put her through, that she still loved him! I mean, this guy tempted not only his fate, but hers, and yet she kept doing things that could have her marching to the scaffold. It was mind-boggling.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This book was a little bit long for my taste, but that’s history for you. The characters really do jump off the pages, and I can’t wait to read the next book.
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