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The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory is a 2004 historical fiction novel aimed at young adults. Set between 1553 and 1558, it chronicles the changing fortunes of Mary I of England and her half-sister Elizabeth through the perspective of young Hannah Green. Hannah is discovered by Robert Dudley and John Dee and subsequently begged as a fool to Edward VI. She witnesses and becomes caught up the the intrigues of the young king's court, and later those of his sisters. Since Mary, Elizabeth, and Robert Dudley all use Hannah to gather information on their rivals and otherwise further their own aims, the novel can plausibly present each side in the complex story. The Queen's Fool follows the purely-fictional Hannah from ages fourteen to nineteen, and her coming-of-age is interspersed among the historical narrative. Philippa Gregory (born 9 January 1954) is a British novelist, mainly associated with the historical fiction genre. ... A historical novel is a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, where the time the action takes place in predates the time of the first publication -- distinguish and contrast the genre of alternate history. ... Young adult (YA) literature, while having only been recognized as a legitimate genre for a relatively short time, is a collection of books that can range from science fiction to autobiography. ... Mary Tudor is the name of both Mary I of England and her fathers sister, Mary Tudor (queen consort of France). ... Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603 ) was Queen of England and Queen of Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. ... At least two Robert Dudleys were prominent in history: Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, and Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick, his illegitimate son. ... A sixteenth century portrait of John Dee, artist unknown. ... Edward VI King of England and Ireland Edward VI (12 October 1537–6 July 1553) was King of England and King of Ireland from 28 January 1547 until his death. ...



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