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Somerset, Anne 1955-

Overview
Works: 10 works in 109 publications in 3 languages and 5,541 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DA355, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Anne Somerset
Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset( Book )

32 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glitteringly detailed and engagingly written, the magisterial Elizabeth I brings to vivid life the golden age of sixteenth-century England and the uniquely fascinating monarch who presided over it. A woman of intellect and presence, Elizabeth was the object of extravagant adoration by her contemporaries. She firmly believed in the divine providence of her sovereignty and exercised supreme authority over the intrigue-laden Tudor court and Elizabethan England at large. Brilliant, mercurial, seductive, and maddening, an inspiration to artists and adventurers and the subject of vicious speculation over her choice not to marry, Elizabeth became the most powerful ruler of her time. Anne Somerset has immortalized her in this splendidly illuminating account
Queen Anne : the politics of passion by Anne Somerset( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The much-maligned Queen Anne (1665-1714) was never expected to reign. Her father, James II, was overthrown in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and succeeded by his daughter, the childless Mary, and her husband, William of Orange. Anne's 17 pregnancies before her accession produced only one child, who survived only to age 11. Her devotion to her friend and First Lady of the Bedchamber, Sarah Churchill, was a most unfortunate liaison. Sarah treated Anne as an uninformed fool, unable to form opinions of her own. However, Anne blossomed when she became queen, a situation that Sarah never accepted. Anne ascended the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. Sarah's husband, the Duke of Marlborough, and Lord Treasurer Sidney Godolphin, were Anne's primary ministers; many thought they completely controlled her. Anne's correspondence shows just how malicious and even criminal Sarah was. Today's reader will easily recognize the rancorous party politics, obstructionism and inability to enact laws that existed in that period. Anne's natural reserve and her instinct for discretion has led historians to believe that she was weak and dominated by women of stronger character. Somerset's impressive scholarship debunks that belief and shows Anne as a masterful, even authoritative, queen who survived the influence of her "friends." At the core of Anne Somerset's fascinating new biography is a portrait of this fraught, complex bond between two very different women: Queen Anne, reserved, stolid, shrewd; and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the Queen's great general--beautiful, willful, outspoken, whose acerbic wit was equally matched by her fearsome temper
Ladies-in-waiting : from the Tudors to the present day by Anne Somerset( Book )

22 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The queen gets all the attention, but she would not function as effectively without her ladies-in-waiting. Who were these nearly invisible women? Are they ordinary folk or the power behind the throne?
The affair of the poisons : murder, infanticide, and Satanism at the court of Louis XIV by Anne Somerset( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Affair of the Poisons, as it became known, was an extraordinary episode that took place in France during the reign of Louis XIV. When poisoning and black magic became widespread, arrests followed. Suspects included those among the highest ranks of society. Many were tortured and numerous executions resulted." "The 1676 torture and execution of the Marquise de Brinvilliers marked the start of the scandal that rocked the foundations of French society and sent shock waves through all of Europe. Convicted of conspiring with her adulterous lover to poison her father and brothers in order to secure the family fortune, the marquise was the first member of the noble class to fall."
The life and times of William IV by Anne Somerset( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1993 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unnatural murder : poison at the court of James I by Anne Somerset( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trial of Frances Howard Carr, Countess of Somerset
Queen Anne : a biography by Anne Somerset( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Anne : the politics of passion by Anne Somerset( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

She ascended the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1702, at age thirty-seven, Britain's last Stuart monarch, and five years later united two of her realms, England and Scotland, as a sovereign state, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had a history of personal misfortune, overcoming ill health (she suffered from crippling arthritis; by the time she became Queen she was a virtual invalid) and living through seventeen miscarriages, stillbirths, and premature births in seventeen years. By the end of her comparatively short twelve-year reign, Britain had emerged as a great power; the succession of outstanding victories won by her general, John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, had humbled France and laid the foundations for Britain's future naval and colonial supremacy. While the Queen's military was performing dazzling exploits on the continent, her own attention--indeed her realm--rested on a more intimate conflict: the female friendship on which her happiness had for decades depended and which became for her a source of utter torment. At the core of Anne Somerset's riveting new biography, published to great acclaim in England ("Definitive"--London Evening Standard; "Wonderfully pacy and absorbing"--Daily Mail), is a portrait of this deeply emotional, complex bond between two very different women: Queen Anne--reserved, stolid, shrewd; and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, wife of the Queen's great general--beautiful, willful, outspoken, whose acerbic wit was equally matched by her fearsome temper. Against a fraught background--the revolution that deposed Anne's father, James II, and brought her to power . . . religious differences (she was born Protestant--her parents' conversion to Catholicism had grave implications--and she grew up so suspicious of the Roman church that she considered its doctrines "wicked and dangerous") . . . violently partisan politics (Whigs versus Tories) . . . a war with France that lasted for almost her entire reign . . . the constant threat of foreign invasion and civil war--the much-admired historian, author of Elizabeth I ("Exhilarating"--The Spectator; "Ample, stylish, eloquent"--The Washington Post Book World), tells the extraordinary story of how Sarah goaded and provoked the Queen beyond endurance, and, after the withdrawal of Anne's favor, how her replacement, Sarah's cousin, the feline Abigail Masham, became the ubiquitous royal confidante and, so Sarah whispered to growing scandal, the object of the Queen's sexual infatuation.To write this remarkably rich and passionate biography, Somerset, winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, has made use of royal archives, parliamentary records, personal correspondence and previously unpublished material. Queen Anne is history on a large scale--a revelation of a centuries-overlooked monarch
Die Giftaffäre : Mord, Menschenopfer und Schwarze Messen am Hof Ludwigs XIV. by Anne Somerset( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in German and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

PRIME MINISTER TO THE QUEEN : queen victoria's political life by Anne Somerset( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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The affair of the poisons : murder, infanticide, and Satanism at the court of Louis XIV
Alternative Names
Anne Somerset britische Historikerin und Schriftstellerin

Anne Somerset British historian

Anne Somerset Brits historica

Anne Somerset historiadora británica

Somerset, Anne

Languages
English (105)

Spanish (1)

German (1)

Covers
Queen Anne : the politics of passionLadies-in-waiting : from the Tudors to the present dayThe affair of the poisons : murder, infanticide, and Satanism at the court of Louis XIVThe life and times of William IVUnnatural murder : poison at the court of James IQueen Anne : a biography