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Anna Whitelock ELIZABETH'S BEDFELLOWS First Edition Signed

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First edition first print hardback subtitled An Intimate History of the Queen's Court, published by Bloomsbury in 2013. Signed by Whitelock on the title page. Hatchards 'Signed Copy' bellyband.
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First edition first print hardback of ELIZABETH'S BEDFELLOWS (An Intimate History of the Queen's Court) by Anna Whitelock and published by Bloomsbury in 2013. Signed by Whitelock on the title page. Full numberline is 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Hatchards 'Signed Copy' bellyband.

The book is in near fine condition (red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine) with no significant wear. The book is in a near fine unclipped dust jacket which has very light creasing to edges. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.

Elizabeth I acceded to the throne in 1558, restoring the Protestant faith to England. At the heart of the new queen's court lay Elizabeth's bedchamber, closely guarded by the favoured women who helped her dress, looked after her jewels and shared her bed.

Elizabeth's private life was of public, political concern. Her bedfellows were witnesses to the face and body beneath the make-up and elaborate clothes, as well as to rumoured illicit dalliances with such figures as Robert Dudley. Their presence was for security as well as propriety, as the kingdom was haunted by fears of assassination plots and other Catholic subterfuge. For such was the significance of the queen's body: it represented the very state itself.

This riveting, revealing history of the politics of intimacy uncovers the feminized world of the Elizabethan court. Between the scandal and intrigue the women who attended the queen were the guardians of the truth about her health, chastity and fertility. Their stories offer extraordinary insight into the daily life of the Elizabethans, the fragility of royal favour and the price of disloyalty.


462 pages including Appendices, Acknowledgements and Index plus A Note on the Author and A Note on the Type

ISBN: 9781408808801

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    12222
  • Weight:
    1.03kg