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Ladies in Waiting by Anne Somerset
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Jul 09, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: history, library, mistresses-royalty, tudor-england, queens

Perhaps my dislike toward this book is due to the fact that it was first published in 1984 and thus, much of the material has been covered in ever subsequent royal history book since (and in a muich more detailed manner); or perhaps it is merely Somerset's writing style but the point is, I didn't find this book to be either interesting or very informative.

Much of the text is dry and/or information which a reader with an average amount of royal knowledge can pretty much hypothesize of suspect. Plus, Somesert dives too deep into menial facts which can seem to be fascinating on the outside (such as the fasions and desired cloth colors) but are boring even to a fashion-obsessed reader.

Overall, you can learn more of the world of maids, ladies, servants, etc from the sidenotes in other royal history books. Reading this one isn't necessary.
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