As a big fan of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is on the list of my favourite authors of that genre. I started reading her Tudor Court series a couple of years ago- the Tudor period is my favourite area of history so I couldn’t wait to start, but I dropped the series after reading other things and never got around to reading them. Until now.
The Queen’s Fool is the fourth in the series, and unlike the previous three- it follows a young girl named Hannah Green, who becomes the fool of the King, Edward, and then Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth, the son and the daughter’s of King Henry VIII.
Honestly, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the ones that followed the wives of King Henry, for example, The Other Boleyn Girl. Hannah was a likeable character but those people who were important in the Tudor times are featured as secondary characters- but I still enjoyed this book.
The choices that Hannah had to make were sometimes wrong and sometimes right, and sometimes I felt sorry for some of the things that she went through. It was interesting to see the Catholic/Protestant/Jewish divide that was going on at that time- and to see what was happening to the people in each faith.
All in all, the story had a good flow to it, and the chapters were arranged via seasons in each year- which meant it was easier to follow knowing the time frame.
I enjoyed the story nonetheless but it isn’t a favourite of mine by Philippa Gregory.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.