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Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day Paperback – 2 Jun 2005
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This is scholarly yet splendid stuff. (THE TIMES)
'Anne Somerset's gossipy Ladies in Waiting provides a wealth of juicy anecdotal material about five centuries of court life from Henry VIII to Elizabeth II' New York TimesSee all Product description
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As usual with Somerset's work, there is evidence of impressive research based on a variety of primary sources. My only reservation was that she does not cover the gap between the start of the Civil War and Charles II's restoration: perhaps there was not enough evidence for this period to reflect on the impact of ladies at court; however, I would have been interested to know how they functioned at the Royalist alternative court at Oxford, if they had any role during the Commonwealth, or during Charles' exile on the continent.
However, with an otherwise highly detailed representation of ladies at court from the Tudors onwards (and even some discussion of their role in medieval times), this book is a treat for those interested in the lives of the rich and famous (sometimes infamous) ladies of the land.
Although the book was called "Ladies in Waiting" and the blurb on the back cover supported the title at times there was too much information from the monarchs' point of view and you didn't get to know the "Ladies" well at all. I would have liked to have had a bit more detail on the lives of the women involved.
Nevertheless, this was a good read covering a large period of history and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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is the daughter of a real-life Duke. I like this sort of thing. The book is a fun
and interesting read about various ladies-in-waiting over the centuries and the strict
protocols involving such positions. It helps to know some English history in relation
to various Kings and Queens but isn't necessary. Anne Somerset is a good writer and
can be quite amusing in telling her tales. This book would be very enjoyable to anyone
who likes to read royal biographies or royal history. It is not a dry educational tome
but rather a glimpse into a world that most people know nothing about and isn't really
viable in today's royal world.