Ladies in Waiting
From the Tudors to the Present DayBook - 1984
Far from being servants or decorative accessories in court, ladies-in-waiting competed for real positions of power--and many succeeded in their goals, sometimes betraying their queens in the process. A few even became royal mistresses, such as the rapacious Lady Castlemaine who amassed a fortune and flaunted her hold over King Charles I. Drawing on a wide variety of primary sources, including the diaries of such shrewd onlookers as Lady Cowper and Fanny Burney, bestselling author Anne Somerset provides a guide to the character, profligate or pious, of each court. This lively combination of entertaining anecdote and searching analysis is social history at its most colorful. .,."provides a wealth of juicy anecdotal material..."--"The New York Times"
Publisher: London, Eng. : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, c1984.
Characteristics: 342 pages,  pages leaves of plates :,portraits ;,24 cm.