Anne Somerset was born in 1955 and read history at King's College London. Her first book was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 1980, since then she has gone on to write five further works on English history. Unnatural Murder: Poison at the Court of James I - an account of the sensational scandal arising from the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury in 1613 - was shortlisted in 1997 for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger award for non-fiction. Her most recent work was awarded the 2013 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. Until his death in 2011, she was married to the artist Matthew Carr. She lives in London with her daughter.
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 - New York Times Extraordinarily enjoyable... Colourful and entertaining...A Naughty Knickers version of our island story - Daily Mail A pleasing account of the upper-class ladies who slaved, suffered and starved in royal service - Sunday Times An extremely informative and well-documented study that... because it is full of odd episodes and graphic portraits, will make admirable bedside reading - Sunday Telegraph Lady Anne writes with perception, wit, candour and a confident authority - The Spectator Well-written, well-researched and well-produced - Books and Bookmen From four centuries of courtly life and love, Anne Somerset has compiled a sparkling history, lucidly written and of impeccable scholarship - Country Life 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 - Philadelphia Inquirer