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Elizabethʹs bedfellows : an intimate history of the queenʹs court /
Anna Whitelock.
imprint
London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
description
462 p., 8 p. of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm.
ISBN
1408808803 (hbk.), 9781408808801 (hbk.)
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imprint
London : Bloomsbury, 2013.
isbn
1408808803 (hbk.)
9781408808801 (hbk.)
catalogue key
8921802
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 415-441) and index.
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A great story, told with wit and verve
A memorable portrait
'An impressive and powerful debut'
An impressive and powerful debut
***** Anna Whitelock's greatest achievement is her portrait of Mary as a woman as well as a Queen ... complex and compelling
"Brilliant."
Brilliant
Dazzling and fresh
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#146;s skilful and detailed history will bring you closer than seems possible to this glittering, infuriating, fascinating woman
Essentially a biography of Elizabeth I with a special concern for the Queen#146;s relationship with her male favourites and the various marriage negotiations that dominated England#146;s external relations until at least the early 1580s ... Gradually she won me over, principally by her very skilful use of contemporary quotations, and since much of the contemporary comment was extremely lively, the book became a very good read ... A readable and well-documented biography
It#146;s a rollicking introduction to a remarkable woman, who lived in a very weird world
The fascinating story of England#146;s first successful queen told from a unique perspective
Whitelock#146;s fearless approach to Elizabeth is not like that of Essex. She, too, has burst into the bedroom and shown us the Queen in her most private state. This is an intimate history of the court and a brilliant history of intimacy
Whitelock brings a fresh eye to the significance of anecdotes and, in doing so, injects them with new life ... With this dazzling portrait of Mary#146;s successor, she takes her place among the foremost -- and most enthrallingly readable -- historians of the Tudors
Whitelock excels in her timely portrait of a religious fanatic
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
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Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. 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. This revealing history of the politics of intimacy uncovers the feminized world of the Elizabethan court.
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Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the new queen#146;s court lay Elizabeth#146;s bedchamber, closely guarded by the favoured women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels and shared her bed. Elizabeth#146;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#146;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.
Main Description
Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the new queen#146;s court lay Elizabeth#146;s bedchamber, closely guarded by the favoured women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels and shared her bed.Elizabeth#146;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#146;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.

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