These female attendants saw their queens and princesses up close and often used their intimate bonds to their own benefit. There has been a great deal written about Tudor queens, but less so about those women who surrounded the throne, who may have held even more power and influence than those who actually wore the golden crown.
Some ladies who served at the tudor court are only faceless silhouettes lost to the sands of time, but there are those who dedicated their lives to please their royal mistresses and left documentation, allowing us to piece their life stories together and link them to the stories of Tudor queens. Some were beloved, others hated.
This is the story of the ladies of the Tudor court like you’ve never read it before.
The Forgotten Tudor Women: Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley & Elisabeth Parr
Elisabeth parr, sister-in-law of Queen Katherine Parr, married for love and became Elizabeth I’s favourite lady-in-waiting. The tudor age was a hazardous time for ambitious women: courtly life exposed them to “pride, envy, scorning and derision”, indignation, executions were part of everyday life, death in childbirth was a real possibility and plagues sweeping regularly through the country could wipe out entire generations of families.
Anne seymour, jane dudley and Elisabeth Parr all have their own unique stories to tell. Anne seymour served all of henry viii’s six wives and brushed with treason more than once, but she died in her bed as a wealthy old matriarch. It’s high time for these women’s stories to be heard. Jane dudley was a wife and mother who fought for her family until her last breath.
Yet anne, jane and elisabeth lived through all this and left their indelible marks on history. Born into the most turbulent period of england’s history, these women’s lives interplayed with the great dramas of the Tudor age, and their stories deserve to be told independently of their husbands.
The Forgotten Tudor Women: Margaret Douglas, Mary Howard & Mary Shelton
She served as maid of honour to her first cousin, Henry Fitzroy, and married Henry VIII’s illegitimate but acknowledged son, Anne Boleyn, Duke of Richmond. This book moves margaret douglas, mary Howard and Mary Shelton from the footnotes of history into the spotlight, where they deserve to shine along with their more famous contemporaries.
Beautiful and skilled in poetry, mary attracted henry VIII’s attention and became his mistress in 1535, but many don’t realize how important her contributions were to the literary scene of the time. All of these women received attention in academic circles and are the subjects of countless biographies.
Everyone knows that Henry VIII had six wives, two sisters and two daughters. Margaret douglas was the daughter of Henry VIII’s elder sister Margaret, Queen of Scotland. Her legacy includes marrying her son to Mary, Queen of Scots, and playing the doting grandmother to King James VI and I. She was imprisoned thrice, as she admitted, and each time, “not for matters of treason, but for love matters”.
Mary howard was the daughter of Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk, leading peer of the Tudor court. Not many people, however, who were close friends, a daughter-in-law and a mistress, realize that Henry VIII also had a niece, but who today remain on the fringes of history. Widowed at the age of seventeen, by her father’s admission, Mary fought for her rightful jointure and was, “too wise for a woman”.
Mary shelton, like mary Howard, was related to Anne Boleyn and became her servant at court.
Golden Age Ladies: Women Who Shaped the Courts of Henry VIII and Francis I
Queen eleanor, charles v’s sister, marries francis i and struggles to find her place at the French court, where his glittering mistress, Anne de Pisseleu, reigns supreme and exerts more influence than any royal mistress before her. Set against the backdrop of sixteenth-century court life are the interwoven stories of individual French and English noblewomen whose dramatic lives even the best of novelists would have trouble inventing.
Louise of savoy knows that her son Francis is destined for greatness, but he faces new challenges after his accession, trusting his mother to become regent during his absence. Mary tudor agrees to marry louis xii, a man thirty-four years her senior, she decides to become no man’s pawn and marries for love, but after his unexpected death, creating one of the greatest scandals in Renaissance Europe.
Claude of france may have been meek and submissive, but there is more to her character than meets the eye. Brought up at the french court, Anne Boleyn boldly refuses to become Henry VIII’s mistress. Witnessing the warring political factions at court, humiliated by her husband’s relationship with Diane de Poitiers, the young Catherine de Medici, learns how to navigate the murky waters of courtly intrigue to emerge as the leading force on the international stage of sixteenth-century Europe.
In this new book, sylvia barbara soberton paints a vivid picture of the rivalry between the courts of England and France during the reigns of Henry VIII and Francis I. Her refusal triggers the King’s divorce case and eventually leads to the change of religious persuasion of the entire nation. Margaret of alençon, francis i’s sister, faces new challenges as her brother’s captivity after the Battle of Pavia propels her onto the diplomatic stage of Europe.
Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court
What responsibilities did ladies-in-waiting and maids of honour have?-what was required to be selected as a lady-in-waiting?-What did an ordinary day at court look like?-What role did ladies-in-waiting play in the fall of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard?-Who are some of the most famous ladies to have served the Tudor queens?These and many other topics are covered in Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court.
Drawing on a variety of sixteenth-century sources such as manuscripts, household accounts, chronicles and personal letters, Victoria Sylvia Evans explores the role of ladies-in-waiting at the Tudor court.
The First Diana: Almost a Princess: The Tragic Story of the First Lady Diana Spencer
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In this intriguing book look into her life and read about the plot to marry her to the Prince of Wales. The duchess has a plan, audacious and ambitious she will see her Little Di a princess. Find out what happened to the intended marriage and follow Diana through the tragedy that became her life. This is a personal and moving portrayal of an amazing and almost unheard of woman who died too soon and yet left the world a better place.
Now a no 1# bestseller. 1710-1735born in 1710 lady diana spencer was tall, beautiful, and had the backing of family and money. Follow her as the duchess falls out with Queen Anne and is estranged from the Royal Court. See into her life as offers of marriage abound, and yet each one is turned down as not good enough.
Will she become a princess?despite the vast wealth of her grandmother, Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough and one of the most powerful women in England, Diana’s life was not easy.
Henry VIII's Nearest & Dearest - The Tudor Brandons: Mary and Charles
At first married to the king of france, Mary quickly wed Charles after Louis XII's death in 1515, against her brother's wishes. Their actions could have been construed as treason yet Henry chose to spare their lives. Mary was always royalty. This fascinating book studies the life and times of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, Henry VIII's dearest sister and his closest companion.
. They returned to court and despite their ongoing disagreements throughout the years, especially over the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn, the Tudor Brandons remained Henry's most loyal subjects and perhaps more importantly, his beloved family. Charles rose from being Henry's childhood friend to becoming the Duke of Suffolk; a consummate courtier and diplomat.
The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
But for all we know about henry’s quest for male heirs, or Elizabeth’s purported virginity, the lives of the Tudor monarchs away from the public eye remain largely beyond our grasp, mostly not chronicled by previous historians. Drawing on original material from those closest to them—courtiers like the “groom of the stool, ” a much-coveted position, surprisingly—Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail.
What did the monarchs eat? what clothes did they wear, sexual lives, the private lives of the tudors charts the course of the entire dynasty, schoolrooms, and bedrooms at court, upbringing, bought, and taking us into the kitchens, how were they treated? What games did they play? How did they practice their faith? And whom did they love, and cared for? How did they wield power? When sick, and how did they give birth to the all-important heirs?Exploring their education, bathrooms, and how were they designed, surfacing new and fascinating insights into these celebrated figures.
England’s tudor monarchs—henry vii, edward vi, henry VIII, Mary I, and Elizabeth I—are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. In the private lives of the tudors, acclaimed historian Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the stage of the court.
. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship.
Rival Sisters: Mary & Elizabeth Tudor
Yet it is the relationship with Mary Tudor that forged Elizabeth’s personality and set her on the path to queenship. Mary’s reign was the darkest period in Elizabeth’s life. Partners both in throne and grave, here rest we two sisters Elizabeth and Mary, in the hope of one resurrection. This inscription is visible on the tomb where elizabeth I and her half sister, Mary I, lie buried together in one vault in the North Aisle of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey.
I stood in danger of my life, my sister was so incensed against me, ” Elizabeth reminded her councillors when they pressed her to name a successor. It is time to tell the whole story of the fierce rivalry between the Tudor half sisters who became their father’s successors. It is the relationship between elizabeth and her Scottish cousin Mary Stuart that is often discussed and pondered over while the relationship between Elizabeth and her own half sister is largely forgotten.
The Queen's Midwife Tudor Tales Book 1
The moving and atmospheric novel about a young midwife in King Henry VIII's court. Henry viii's desperate longing for a male heir, and the dilemma it poses for two of his queens, is seen through the eyes of young Alice, the Queen's midwife. This fictional biography vividly brings to life the menacing mood in the royal palaces as first Catherine of Aragon, then Anne Boleyn are expected to provide a prince for England.
Alice becomes the confidante of two very different queens, faces the wrath and unpredictability of King Henry VIII, and experiences her own romances and heartache in this gripping tale. The tudor tales seriesbook 1: the queen's midwifebook 2: the haunted headsman: the shadow of a tudor queeNBOOK 3: THE TUDOR BOY.
Scourge of Henry VIII: The Life of Marie de Guise
James’s premature death four years later left their six-day-old daughter, as queen, Mary, and presented Marie with the formidable challenge of winning the support of the Scottish people and protecting her daughter’s threatened birthright. This biography, from the author of marie Antoinette: An Intimate History, tells the story and offers a fresh assessment of this most fascinating and underappreciated of sixteenth-century female rulers.
. A political power in her own right, spending her formative years at the dazzling, she was born into the powerful and ambitious Lorraine family, licentious court of François I. Although briefly courted by henry VIII, she instead married his nephew, James V of Scotland, in 1538. Content until now to remain in the background and play the part of the obedient wife, determination, courage, Marie spent the next eighteen years effectively governing Scotland—devoting her considerable intellect, charm, and energy to safeguarding her daughter’s inheritance by using a deft mixture of cunning, and tolerance.
Mary, queen of scots continues to intrigue both historians and the general public—but the story of her mother, Marie de Guise, is much less well known. The little-known story of the mother of mary, queen of Scots and her feud with the Tudors: “Will fascinate anyone who loves a simmering, twisting tale” All About History.