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A detailed history using interesting source material. This book ...
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.