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    From Booklist ( /gp/feature.html/?docId=1000027801 ) ---------------------------------------------------- Whitelock delves deep into the court of Queen Elizabeth I—in fact, into the monarch’s very bedchamber, where she examines the lives, the roles, and the influence of her most favored ladies-in-waiting. Culled from the aristocracy and much more than glorified servants, these women bathed, clothed, and often shared a bed with the queen. In doing so, they bore witness to the political rivalries, social gambits, and personal scandals that perpetually surrounded Elizabeth. Charged with pampering and protecting the queen’s body, they also zealously guarded her secrets—often with very little thanks or consideration—in the fishbowl environment of the Elizabethan court. This intimate history of Elizabeth’s boudoir and the women who populated it approaches a popular biographical subject from an entirely fresh angle, providing an enlightening peek into her private persona. --Margaret Flanagan Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) Review ------ “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 “Whitelock's fearless approach to Elizabeth is not unlike that of Essex. She, too, has burst into the bedroom and shown us the Queen in her most private state. This is an intimate history of the court and a brilliant history of intimacy.” ―Frances Wilson, The Mail on Sunday “Whitelock makes sparkling use of the eye-witness testimonies of courtiers, who recorded their impressions of the Queen in letters as gossipy and vivid as any tweet or Facebook post . . . The charm of Anna Whitelock's portrait of the Queen and her times is that it shows the monarch and the woman, in all her power and pathos, through the eyes of the people who knew her best.” ―Jane Shilling, Daily Mail “A great story, told with wit and verve.” ―John Gallagher, The Telegraph “Engrossing and admirably researched . . . Taking us behind the closed doors of Elizabeth's bedchamber, Whitelock builds up a remarkably intimate portrait . . . [Her] excellent life of Queen Mary was published in 2009. With this dazzling portrait of Mary's successor, she takes her place among the foremost--and most enthrallingly readable--historians of the Tudors.” ―Miranda Seymour , The Sunday Times (London) Read more ( javascript:void(0) ) See all Editorial Reviews ( /dp/product-description/0374239789/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books&isInIframe=0 )