Ladies in Waiting

Ladies in Waiting

From the Tudors to the Present Day

Book - 1984
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Far from being servants or decorative accessories in court, ladies-in-waiting competed for real positions of power--and many succeeded in their goals, sometimes betraying their queens in the process. A few even became royal mistresses, such as the rapacious Lady Castlemaine who amassed a fortune and flaunted her hold over King Charles I. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, including the diaries of such shrewd onlookers as Lady Cowper and Fanny Burney, bestselling author Anne Somerset provides a guide to the character, profligate or pious, of each court. This lively combination of entertaining anecdote and searching analysis is social history at its most colorful. .,."provides a wealth of juicy anecdotal material..."--"The New York Times"
Publisher: London, Eng. : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, c1984.
ISBN: 9780297784012
0297784013
Characteristics: 342 pages, [16] pages leaves of plates :,portraits ;,24 cm.

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