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Elizabeth's Women

Elizabeth I was born into a world of women.As a child, she was served by a predominantly female household of servants and governesses, with occasional visits from her mother, Anne Bolyen, and the wives who later took her place.As Queen, Elizabeth was constantly attended by ladies of the bedchamber and maids of honour who clothed her, bathed her and watched her while she ate.Among her family, it was her female relations who had the greatest influence- from her sister Mary, who distrusted and later imprisoned her, to her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who posed a constant and dangerous threat to her crown for almost thirty years. Despite the importance of women in Elizabeth s life, most historians and biographers have focused on her relationships with men.She has been portrayed as a man s woman who loved to flirt with the many ambitious young men who frequented her court.Yet it is the women in her life who provide the most fascinating insight into the character of this remarkable monarch.With them she was jealous, spiteful and cruel, as well as loyal, kind and protective.She showed her frailties and her insecurities, but also her considerable shrewdness and strength.In short, she
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A groundbreaking and fascinating biography of England's most famous queen, viewed through the women who influenced her life.


About the Author

Tracy Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997.She went on to a successful career in heritage and has worked for a range of historic properties and national heritage organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Archives. In 2002, she was appointed Learning Director at English Heritage and has recently been appointed Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust. She also works part-time as Head of Interpretation for Historic Royal Palaces. Tracy has regularly appeared on television and radio, and has featured in a range of magazine and newspaper articles. She is a regular contributor to history magazines, including articles in BBC History Magazine on the history of beauty and 18th century 'It' Girls'. In addition, she also gives public talks and lectures on a wide range of subjects. Tracy's first book, King's Mistress, Queen's Servant- The Life and Times of Henrietta Howard, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2007.


"History as it should be written" -- Alison Weir "Overall this is an enthralling picture of female empowerment and woman's place in this most testosterone fuelled of epochs. It is a thrilling and carefully written book which should grace any history lover's bookshelves" -- Roderick Graham * Scotland on Sunday * "The idea behind her book is genuinely inspired" -- John Guy * Sunday Times * "A warm and readable account... irresistible stuff" -- Kathryn Hughes * The Guardian * "Innovative, full of rich, too often neglected female characters" -- Antonia Fraser

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