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on 18 November 2017
As interesting as this subject could be, I feel that it was a big let down due to the way it was written. It was quite disjointed and quite often went of on tangents discussing things completely unconnected to what the book is about. It turns in to more of a biography of Elizabeth than discussing the inner sanctuary of her bedchamber and private life.

Occasionally, you get the feeling that certain events are over-exaggerated slightly for dramatic effect. And some events are presented with very little detail and not fleshed out.

I would recommend Tracy Borman's book "Elizabeth's Women", as that delves far more into the inner sanctuary of Elizabeth's private chambers and also her relationships with the women of her bedchamber and her female relations, so the story has a far more natural flow
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on 3 September 2014
A detailed history using interesting source material. This book enables the reader to grasp the personality of Elizabeth 1 almost at 'first hand'.
Difficult to keep track of who was who. Would have benefited from a chapter devoted to each lady in waiting/gentlewoman of the privy chamber.
Anna Whitelock has a pleasing written style and only occasionally did I feel the book needed a stronger narrative line. For those who are not historians, a time chart showing the major events in Elizabeth's reign would have enabled a firmer anchoring of events.
Restricting the title to 'Bedfellows' tends to restrict what one may assume to be the sphere and compass of the work as, quite naturally, the subject matter has to range widely into politics and social life etc 'Bedfellows' may be a catchy notion but it does not do justice to Anna Whitelock's wide-ranging and thoroughly enjoyable work.
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on 3 July 2016
Quite a meaty book and my attention was held throughout. An interesting account of the people and politics of the Elizabethan court, England and abroad.
Fairly dense print but pleasingly broken up into nice bite-sized chapters. Text enriched with riveting, intimate detail, the many fascinating quotes in olde English giving a real feel for the period.
Good, engrossing read. Recommended.
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on 3 January 2014
Very interesting detailed book, interesting information on queen Elizabeth's women maids that were her friends and confidantes detailed information on Elizabeth illnesses, and things you don't read in history novels. Very good couldn't put it down.
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on 2 January 2015
A thoughtful, very well written look at an aspect of Elizabeth's reign that for some reason, hasn't really been covered before. I was totally smitten with the author's research and narrative connections. A must read for all Tudor fans.
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on 24 March 2016
Very interesting with new facts I did not know before.
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on 14 June 2015
Excellent book and superb delivery service, all; good quality. Thanks! A1++++++
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on 25 January 2016
Looking forward to completing the reading of it.
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on 10 July 2014
great book
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on 27 May 2014
A very easy to read book that enables you to understand her life and the transformation of England from being a Catholic country to being a Kingdom free of Rome and the Pope.
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