The Queen's Fool : A Novel
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It is winter, 1553. Pursed by the Inquisition, Hannah Green a 14-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 forsee 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 a 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 withcraft, Hannah must choose between the safe life of a commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are extricably bound up in her own yearnings and desires.
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.
All this 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?