join us on facebook eleanor oliphant
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Elizabeth's Bedfellows An Intimate History of the Queen's Court by Anna Whitelock
  

Elizabeth's Bedfellows An Intimate History of the Queen's Court

History   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   

Sue Baker's view...

However many books on the Tudors you read there are always surprises and new discoveries to make as Anna Whitelock shows in Elizabeth’s Bedfellows where we learn about the women who served the Queen, sometimes for many years, their dedication – and duties extraordinary. As the title suggests, this is an intimate picture of a Queen and a woman who must be protected and guarded against those who would do her harm through political means, by assassination or even by witchcraft. It feels like having crept backstage so we can witness the famous events of Elizabeth’s reign from the other side, a view that gives immediacy to Anna Whitelock’s absorbing history.

Like for Like Reading

Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen, Tracy Borman

Elizabeth: The Queen, Alison Weir

Who is Sue Baker

Synopsis

Elizabeth's Bedfellows An Intimate History of the Queen's Court by Anna Whitelock

At the heart of the new queen's court lay Elizabeth's bedchamber, closely guarded by the favoured women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels and shared her bed. Elizabeth's private life was of public, political concern. Her bedfellows were witnesses to the face and body beneath the make-up and elaborate clothes, as well as to rumoured illicit dalliances with such figures as Robert Dudley. Their presence was for security as well as propriety, as the kingdom was haunted by fears of assassination plots and other Catholic subterfuge. For such was the significance of the queen's body: it represented the very state itself. This riveting, revealing history of the politics of intimacy uncovers the feminized world of the Elizabethan court. Between the scandal and intrigue the women who attended the queen were the guardians of the truth about her health, chastity and fertility. Their stories offer extraordinary insight into the daily life of the Elizabethans, the fragility of royal favour and the price of disloyalty.

Reviews

Elizabeth, subtle and seductive, was also a warrior. Self-possessed, she was also owned by every gossip in Europe. Her virginity was a national asset, but a wasting asset as her reign progressed. Her body was the body politic, closely guarded but obscenely scrutinised, subject to adoration, speculation and threat. Anna Whitelock's skilful and detailed history will bring you closer than seems possible to this glittering, infuriating, fascinating woma - Hilary Mantel

With the lively imagination of a dramatist and the rigor of an academic, Whitelock discards the chastity belt of conventional royal history and presents Elizabeth in terms of the intimate politics of her life - The Times

About the Author

Anna Whitelock's bestselling debut, Mary Tudor: England's First Queen, was published to critical acclaim in 2009. She is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London. She regular appears on television and radio and has written for the Guardian, BBC History, Sunday Telegraph and the New York Times. She lives in Cambridge. @AnnaWhitelock www.annawhitelock.co.uk

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

22nd May 2014

Author

Anna Whitelock

More books by Anna Whitelock
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.annawhitelock.co.uk/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
480 pages

Categories

History
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites


Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

ISBN

9781408833643

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

Lovereading are lovely people who send me lovely books. What's not to love?

Gavin Dimmock

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools