Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day (Paperback)Anne Somerset (author)
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'Provides a wealth of juicy anecdotal material about five centuries of court life from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II' NEW YORK TIMES
For centuries the most beautiful, able and aristocratic women in England competed for positions at court. Some were drawn by the prospect of political power. Lucy, Countess of Carlisle, for instance, succeeded in acquiring the confidence of Charles I's French wife, Henrietta Maria, only to betray the Queen to her enemies in Parliament. Some ladies-in-waiting became royal mistresses, such as the rapacious Lady Castlemaine who amassed a fortune and flaunted her hold over Charles II. Others came to court to find husbands only to discover that they were denied permission to marry by their sovereign.
Drawing on an enormous variety of sources including the diaries of such shrewd onlookers as Lady Anne Clifford, Lady Cowper and Fanny Burney, Anne Somerset provide a guide to the character, profligate or pious, of each court.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Extraordinarily enjoyable ... Colourful and entertaining ... A Naughty Knickers version of our island story -- Auberon Waugh * DAILY MAIL *
A pleasing account of the upper-class ladies who slaved, suffered and starved in royal service * SUNDAY TIMES *
An extremely informative and well-documented study that ... because it is full of odd episodes and graphic portraits, will make admirable bedside reading * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH *
Lady Anne writes with perception, wit, candour and a confident authority -- Hugh Montgomery Massingberd * THE SPECTATOR *
From four centuries of courtly life and love, Anne Somerset has compiled a sparkling history, lucidly written and of impeccable scholarship * COUNTRY LIFE *
This is scholarly yet splendid stuff. * THE TIMES *
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