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privy chamber

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a private apartment inside a royal residence
2. archaic a private room reserved for the use of a specific person or group
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This was Sir John Russell, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, soldier, ambassador, and favorite of King Henry VIII.
Saouy, who witnessed the agitation of the people from the windows of the king's privy chambers, called to the executioner to strike at once.
Upon his return to Vienna, he accepted a position as an officer of the imperial and royal Privy Chamber Payments Office.
The Masters of the Revels and Elizabeth I's Court Theatre offers, instead, a history of the Elizabethan Revels Office and its relation to commercial drama based upon an idea of the court as a dynamic institutional amalgam that develops in an ad hoc manner to cope with changing circumstances: the office of the master of the revels, which had been created as part the Henrician privy chamber, had to be reimagined under Elizabeth, whose privy chamber of course was staffed by women.
| The Great Lie by Myrrha Stanford-Smith Dinnertime came at last and the Queen retired to her Privy Chamber. When they had thankfully sat down, eased their backs and eaten, Carey hauled him off to the practice yards behind the palace.
One of the more interesting assertions in this book is that Horenboult, who spoke Dutch and was trusted by the king, served as his spy in the privy chamber of Anne of Cleves.
Howey's fascinating contribution takes us beyond individual rulers, showing that the women who served in Elizabeth I's privy chamber participated in multiple political acts, including the aggrandizement of their ruler, through monitoring the exchange of gifts to and from the Queen.
In six chapters she offers a narrative that begins with Thomas Sternhold, a member of Henry VIII'S Privy Chamber and groom of the royal robes, a position he retained under Edward VI.
By the time of Cromwell's fall from power and execution in 1540, however, Ferrers had reached the pinnacle of mid-Tudor social and political achievement, catching the eye of Henry VIII himself, who apparently liked what he saw and heard from the man referred to as "Young Ferres," who entered the King's privy chamber in 1538 (Brigden 326-7).
Henry VIII intended Holbein's mural of the Tudor dynasty in the privy chamber at Whitehall to stand as the supreme artistic statement of his reign--Remigius van Leemput's 1667 copy of it is one of 66 poorly-reproduced black and white illustrations in this book--yet Sharpe fails to explain the political context of the genesis of the painting in 1536-37.
Chapters focus on her mother, her governess, her stepmothers, her cousins and rivals and the maids of honour who attended on her in the Privy Chamber. It is a fascinating account but the narrative covers a lot of ground and so is at times stretched rather thin.
Prince Tomohito Mikasa of Japan participated in the inauguration of the "5,000 Years of Japanese Art" exhibition at the Dormitory of the Privy Chamber of the Topkapi Palace.