The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
Hannah Green is a young Jewess recently forced to flee from Spain. She
is posing as a boy to help her father who is a bookkeeper. Lord Robert
Dudley realizes she can foresee the future and she becomes King Edward's
Fool. Hannah The Fool gets to go to court. She goes through the King's
death and then Queen Mary's rise to the throne. On top of this is
Princess Elizabeth's eternal scheming to get on the throne.
Dudley with whom Hannah is in love asks her to spy on both Mary and
Elizabeth and thus puts her in danger. Hannah although she loves Dudley
is also engaged to a man of her own religion.
intrigue makes for quite a page-turner. Hannah is only a young teen who
must hide her religion and not play favourites among the Royals. Gregory
really does try to portray Mary in a more kindly light then history has
us believe. As for Elizabeth, what a skank! Could she have really have
been this bad?
First Line: "The girl, giggling and overexcited, was running in the sunlit garden, running away from her stepfather, but not so fast that he could not catch her."