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    DescriptionFrom the private world of a beloved queen, a story of intimacy, espionage, rumor, and subterfuge Queen Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the new queen's court lay her bedchamber, closely guarded by the favored women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels, and shared her bed. Elizabeth's private life was of public concern. Her bedfellows were witnesses to the face and body beneath the makeup and raiment, as well as to rumored dalliances with such figures as Earl Robert Dudley. Their presence was for security as well as propriety, as the kingdom was haunted by fears of assassination plots and other Catholic stratagems. Such was the significance of the queen's body: it represented the very state itself. In "The Queen's Bed," the historian Anna Whitelock offers a revealing look at the Elizabethan court and the politics of intimacy. She dramatically reconstructs, for the first time, the queen's quarters and the women who patrolled them. It is a story of sex, gossip, conspiracy, and intrigue brought to life amid the colors, textures, smells, and routines of the court. The women who attended the queen held the truth about her health, chastity, and fertility. They were her friends, confidantes, and spies--nobody knew her better. And until now, historians have overlooked them." The Queen's Bed" is a revelatory, insightful look into their daily lives--the untold story of the queen laid bare.

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    The Queen's Bed
    An Intimate History of Elizabeth's Court
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    By (author) Anna Whitelock
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 462
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 748 g
    ISBN 13: 9780374239787
    ISBN 10: 0374239789

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    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations, figures
    Sarah Crichton Books
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    Sarah Crichton Books
    Publication date
    11 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Anna Whitelock received her PhD in history from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 2004 with a thesis on the court of Mary I. Her articles and book reviews on various aspects of Tudor history have appeared in many publications, including "The Guardian," "The Times Literary Supplement," ""and "BBC History." She has taught at Cambridge University and is now a lecturer in early modern history and the director of public history at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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    "Unquestionably [Elizabeth] is one of the most powerful women to have ever lived. So is it any wonder that this brilliant, vain, temperamental, wily woman still fascinates centuries later?. . . Elizabethan England was a ribald wondrous realm ruled by an extraordinary woman and Anna Whitelock brings it vividly to life in "The Queen's Bed."" -Robert Collison, "Toronto Star""As Anna Whitelock's "The Queen's Bed" proves, there is still a new and fascinating vantage from which to consider Elizabeth I. . ." --Kathryn Harrison, "New York Times Book Review""["The Queen's Bed"]""is filled with fascinating details of life at her court, with eyewitness accounts from diaries, letters and pamphlets. . . a trove of interesting facts." --Moira Hodgson, "Wall Street Journal""Densely erudite, intriguing take on Queen Elizabeth I's very public private life. . .Especially striking is the author's chronicle of Elizabeth's relationships over the course of her long reign; she was never alone, and she had several (probably consummated) love affairs or infatuations, most notably with her beloved Lord Robert Dudley. . . Whitelock's deep reading into the primary sources of this period proves wonderfully satisfying. This chockablock, scholarly portrait invites further interest in this endlessly alluring queen." --"Kirkus Reviews""This intimate portrait of Elizabeth's private life, as refracted through her relationships with the ladies of her bedchamber, will engage any readers wishing for a more balanced portrait of Elizabeth the flawed human being, as opposed to simply another rehashing of the mythical representations of her as Gloriana." --"Publishers Weekly""Fascinating glimpses of Elizabeth I's life behind closed doors. . . ["The Queen's Bed"]""is enriched by Anna Whitelock's eye for the curious and engaging detail." --"TLS""Anna Whitelock's skillful and detailed history will bring you closer than seems possible to this glittering, infuriating, fascinating woman." --Hilary Mantel