The Queen's Bed

The Queen's Bed

An Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court

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Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. For over forty years, her bedchamber was the heart of the court. Elizabeth's private life was of public concern. Her body represented the State itself, and her bedfellows were charged with safeguarding both the Queen and her propriety. These women bore witness to the figure beneath the makeup and the raiment, and also to the Queen's rumoured dalliances. They were her friends, confidantes, and spies--nobody knew her better. And until now, historians have overlooked them. In 'The Queen's bed', the historian Anna Whitelock offers a revealing look at the Elizabethan court and the politics of intimacy, dramatically reconstructing the Queen's quarters and the women who patrolled them. With expert research and lively prose, Whitelock weaves a fascinating tale of sex, gossip, conspiracy, and intrigue, brought to life amid the colours, textures, and routines of the court: the untold story of Elizabeth I laid bare.
Publisher: New York, NY Picador, 2015
Characteristics: 462 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Edition: First Picador edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781250062307 (paperback)
1250062306 (paperback)
Call Number: 942.055 WHITELOCK

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With expert research and lively prose, Anna Whitelock weaves a fascinating tale of sex, gossip, conspiracy, and intrigue, brought to life amid the colors, textures, and routines of the court: the untold story of Elizabeth I laid bare.


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claralex800 Jun 11, 2017

Someone forgot to proofread this book (there's a duplicated sentence at the beginning of chapter fifty-something in the copy I got), but with more than sixty chapters you can see why they might have missed something. This is an "intimate history" in that all the usual (I would assume) things are included, but with a little more emphasis on the Queen's ladies. It isn't just about the ladies-in-waiting and maids of honour and suchlike, like I thought it would be. This is something to read if you're interested in the history of this time and are able to keep hundreds of names straight.

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Basileus
Jan 12, 2015

Well researched and excellently written account of the reign of Elizabeth I, with the emphasis being less on the Queen herself, but the people around her: courtiers, ladies in waiting, servants of the bedchamber, political advisors etc. Very busy court and ALOT of things going on that I wasn't aware of. Highly recommended for those into British history.

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