A young woman caught in the rivalry between Queen Mary and
her half sister, Elizabeth, must find her true destiny amid
treason, poisonous rivalries, loss of faith, and unrequited
It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah
Green, a fourteen-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 foresee 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 as
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 witchcraft, Hannah must
choose between the safe life of a commoner and the
dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are
inextricably bound up in her own yearnings and desires.
Teeming with vibrant period detail and peopled by
characters seamlessly woven into the sweeping tapestry of
history, The Queen's Fool is another rich and emotionally
resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller.