The Queen’s Fool

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A stunning novel set in the Tudor court, from the Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Philippa Gregory.

I would have been a fool indeed to tell the truth in this court of liars...

1553. King Edward is on his deathbed, and the future of the Tudor dynasty swings perilously.

Forced out of Spain by the Inquisition, Hannah Green arrives in a volatile kingdom. She is identified as a seer and sworn into the service of Robert Dudley, the son of King Edward’s protector and a key player at court. Her task: to keep watch on Princess Mary, the forgotten heir.

Mary’s grip on the Crown is fragile. Elizabeth, Mary’s half-sister, is ready to take England’s throne. Caught in the rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII, Hannah must navigate her way through a treacherous court if she is to survive.

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Praise for Philippa Gregory:

‘Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told’ The Times

'Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging' Sunday Express

‘Gregory has popularised Tudor history perhaps more than any other living fiction writer . . . All of her books feature strong, complex women, doing their best to improve their lives in worlds dominated by men’ Sunday Times

'Immaculate research, pacy narratives and a stubborn insistence that history is not only about men . . . a powerful reminder of how precarious the lives of the Tudor women could be' Daily Mail

‘Superb … A searing portrait of a woman that resonates across the ages’ People

‘This is Gregory par excellence. A promising start to a family saga about ordinary people’ Kirkus Reviews

‘A welcome topical pivot from gifted Gregory, the first entry in her promising Fairmile series sets the stage for a multigenerational, multivolume saga about the rise of a family from rags to riches’ Booklist

‘Dynamic ... History buffs and Gregory’s fans alike will be anticipating the next installment’ Publishers Weekly

‘Richly detailed and brimming with secrets’ Shelf Awareness
 
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Publisher
HarperCollins UK
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Published on
Nov 11, 2011
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Pages
496
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ISBN
9780007370153
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Historical / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Romance / Historical / Tudor
Fiction / Thrillers / Historical
Fiction / Women
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