I think Philippa Gregory often gets a bad rap in historical fiction circles. I admit she’s not a purist, but she doesn’t often venture outside the realm of real possibility, either. The Queen’s Fool is a good example of a well-written (and well-researched!) novel about the reign of King Henry VIII’s daughter, Queen Mary. Gregory creates a character – Hannah, who as a young girl has a vision of an angel and is quickly put into the Queen’s service as her fool. Through Hannah, we see the goings on at court, get an intimate glimpse at Queen Mary and also at her rival for the throne, her sister Elizabeth. For me, it was quite the page-turner, and far more historical fiction than chick-lit – which I greatly appreciated.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2003
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