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The Queen’s Fool

Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Publisher's Summary

It is 1553. Hannah Green, the young daughter of a Jewish bookseller, is forced out of Spain by the Inquisition, and becomes an unlikely player at the fractious Tudor Court.   

Her gifts of foresight mean that she is given, as a Holy Fool to the newly crowned Mary I. But as Mary's grip on the throne loosens, threatened by the ambitions of her sister, Elizabeth, Hannah is trapped in the deadly rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII.   

As a secret Jew and unwitting spy in the struggle between a Catholic queen and a Protestant princess, Hannah must hide her own identity, as a girl watching a passionate queen and her cold-hearted sister, Hannah must learn how to be a woman.   

With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Hannah's story.

©2003 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for Philppa Gregory: "Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing." (Daily Mail)

"Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images...while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent." (Daily Telegraph)

"Subtle and exciting." (Daily Express)

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Another Great Historical Novel

Loved this story - was interesting and well paced
The historical elements as always enabled an exciting story
The narrator was excellent as well

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  • Mrs Harriet Watson
  • 03-02-2019

Her best book yet.

I was sceptical to start this book as I thought it seemed like she was scraping the barrel of Tudor history for the sake of another book.
However, I was proven wrong and actually found this to be the best book out of all them. I think I actually shed a tear! Loved every minute of it and was sad when it came to an end.

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  • Stu Young
  • 27-02-2019

FANTASTIC - AMAZING - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A beautiful narrative that follows the journey of young fool at the Tudor Court - with an insight into the lives of Jews in Tudor times and the loss of Calais.

Beautifully presented with passion and vivid imagery

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  • CAROL KILLA
  • 29-12-2018

Gregory at her best

loved this book, gave an insight into the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth, and the seige of calais

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  • Musical Anorak
  • 23-10-2019

A Book That Really Surprised Me

Narration Performance: 5 Stars; Storyline: 4 Stars

This book has taken me on quite a journey! Although very well written, the slow pace of the plot in the opening chapters, failed to keep me engaged. Only after Queen Mary's Accession to the Throne, did I begin to re-engage with the book. The section based in Calais was really interesting, and took the book in an entirely new and refreshing direction. Actress Yolanda Kettle is also a fantastic & talented narrator of the text. Overall, a book that really surprised me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-2019

Addictive

Really enjoyed this book, and Phillipa Gregory gives a great understanding of a woman in her time with the complications of religion and faith and of love and ambition. Sorry to get to the end of the book and look g forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-2019

brilliant book

it was an amazing book that had me captured and going from the very beginning and by the end it felt like i had know Hannah her whole life

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  • A s Richardson
  • 25-07-2019

Love this story

Very entertaining, would recommend. Reader was very good, if you like historical fiction you will certainly enjoy this.

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  • Rachael the FABULOUS!!
  • 13-06-2019

Excellent

It was excellent as usual, it's what I've come to expect from Philippa Gregory, and Yolanda Kettle was very good, I'd listen to her over and over again.

I did find the story dragged a little bit towards the end, some of the back and forth journeys from character to character were a bit onerous, but, other than that I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-04-2019

Brilliant

Love this story have listened to it countless time, well written definitely worth listening to. Very well read

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  • Lindsay Kay Caddy
  • 12-10-2018

Bugged

Buggy audio file. Unable to listen to the full book. Pop up requests me to submit a bug report but I can’t find a way to do that.

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