From four centuries of courtly life and love, Anne Somerset has compiled a sparkling history, lucidly written and of impeccable scholarship
This delightful history of the distaff royal household is a perfect English set piece....This author has earned a lifetime post as a Lady of the Pen who can evoke the whisper of ruffled skirts on stone stairs and legendary candlelit faces through mullioned windows
The lives of these long-suffering women, raucously recounted in this immensely enjoyable book, offer an oblique, but very human, perspective on English history.
A fascinating reprint
'gossipy and entertaining history...full of fascinating details'
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
Extraordinarily enjoyable... Colourful and entertaining...A Naughty Knickers version of our island story
A pleasing account of the upper-class ladies who slaved, suffered and starved in royal service
An extremely informative and well-documented study that... because it is full of odd episodes and graphic portraits, will make admirable bedside reading
Lady Anne writes with perception, wit, candour and a confident authority
Well-written, well-researched and well-produced