So I just finished this book that I started when we all met in Texas called The Queen's Fool. It took me that long because some parts of the book drag on a bit, however it turned out to be a really good book.
The book takes place in 1553 and is about a young Jewish girl named Hannah who is forced to flee Spain in hopes of surviving and starting a new life in England. Hannah and her father are forced to practice their Jewish religion in secrecy because it is forbidden to practice any other religion other then Christianity, those who are caught are burned on the steak. Hannah is no ordinary refugee she has the gift to foresee the future. She is discovered by Robert Dudley, the son of King Edward's protector and he brings Hannah to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
Basically she begins working as a spy, first for Dudley then for Queen Mary. She is endangered by the laws against heresy, treason and witchcraft. She is suppose to marry in wedlock but falls in love with her master and she is then forced to choose between a safe life of commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family.
Although there are some parts that I thought could have been cut out because it dragged on, the book and story-line are really good. It is a interesting story about our history in the 1500's and also a very good love story.