The Queens Fool by Philippa GregoryA 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 love.
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 Edwards 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 Queens Fool is another rich and emotionally resonant gem from this wonderful storyteller.
THE BLACK QUEEN ON A ?20 NOTE
Philippa of Hainault
Unless you have been living under a rock, you are quite aware that Prince Harry just married an American who can trace her historical roots to Africa. This may seem like quite the shake-up for the British Royals, but in reality, Meghan is most likely NOT the first member of the royal family to have African lineage. Charlotte was thought to be directly descended from a black branch of the Portuguese royal family: Alfonso III and his concubine, a black Moor. He had three children with her. Charlotte was directly descended from this black branch of the Portuguese royal family, related to Margarita de Castro e Souza, a 15th-century Portuguese noblewoman nine generations removed, whose ancestry she traces from the 13th-century ruler Alfonso III. Got that? The Royal couple had fifteen children, thirteen of whom survived to adulthood.
In August , he also fixed his wife's dower. Philippa acted as regent in ,  when her husband was away from his kingdom, and she often accompanied him on his expeditions to Scotland, France, and Flanders. Philippa won much popularity with the English people for her kindness and compassion, which were demonstrated in when she successfully persuaded King Edward to spare the lives of the Burghers of Calais. This popularity helped maintain peace in England throughout Edward's long reign. Philippa died at the age of fifty-six from an illness closely related to edema.
Q ueen Charlotte died nearly two centuries ago but is still celebrated in her namesake American city. When you drive from the airport in North Carolina, you can't miss the monumental bronze sculpture of the woman said to be Britain's first black queen, dramatically bent backwards as if blown by a jet engine. Downtown, there is another prominent sculpture of Queen Charlotte, in which she's walking with two dogs as if out for a stroll in 21st-century America. Street after street is named after her, and Charlotte itself revels in the nickname the Queen City - even though, shortly after the city was named in her honour, the American War of Independence broke out, making her the queen of the enemy. And the city's art gallery, the Mint museum, holds a sumptuous portrait of Charlotte by the Scottish portrait painter Allan Ramsay, showing the Queen of England in regal robes aged 17, the year after she married George III. Charlotte is intrigued by its namesake.
Love to all but not the racists , Erin x. When you consider historical Queens of England, you probably picture sumptuous dresses, ropes of jewels, tumbling fair or chestnut curls and peaches-and-cream complexions. Interestingly, the two ladies — whilst separated by centuries — had much in common; both were especially beloved in their lifetimes and are still remembered particularly fondly today. She was the daughter of the Count of Hainault in the Low Countries now in Belgium , an area that had once been ruled by Moorish tribes. It would appear that perhaps, in Philippa, there was a genetic throwback to the darker colouring of the erstwhile rulers. The man gave the following feedback:.
She was the second Black Queen of England. In , when she was eight years old, Sophie Charlotte's father died. As a Protestant and a descendant of the Stuart Kings he was chosen to become king. The long lineage of Scottish kings and queens is often sidelined in the ancestry of the current royal family. Although the Queen had an interest in what was happening in the world, especially the war in America, she fulfilled her marital agreement. The Royal couple had fifteen children, thirteen of whom survived to adulthood. Queen Charlotte made many contributions to Britain as it is today, though the evidence is not obvious or well publicized.
Unlike many of her predecessors, Philippa did not alienate the English people by retaining her foreign entourage upon her marriage or by bringing large numbers of foreigners to the English court. As Isabella did not wish to relinquish her own status, Philippa's coronation was postponed for two years. In October , King Edward commenced his personal rule when he staged a coup and ordered the arrest of his mother and Mortimer. Of her children, Phillipa outlived nine of them. Joshua Barnes, a medieval writer, said "Queen Philippa was a very good and charming person who exceeded most ladies for sweetness of nature and virtuous disposition.