Anne Somerset was born in 1955 and read history at King's College London. In 1980, her first book, The Life and Times of William IV, was published in Weidenfeld & Nicolson's Kings and Queens of England series. This was followed by Ladies-in-Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day; a biography of Elizabeth I; Unnatural Murder: Poison at the Court of James I; and The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV.Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion, a biography of England's last Stuart monarch, was awarded the 2013 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography.Until his death in 2011, Anne Somerset was married to the artist Matthew Carr. She lives in London with her daughter.
Wonderfully dramatic ... A gripping detective story that tells us more about the corruption, debauchery and naked power-plays of seventeenth-century life than anything I have read - DAILY MAIL Anne Somerset gives us scandal in high places, as well as insights into a seamy underworld of quacks and witches, hustlers and go-betweens ... Both history and whodunnit, this is a hugely enjoyable book - DAILY TELEGRAPH