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Print Hardcover Lady in Waiting is a historical novel by Rosemary Sutcliff and first published in It is set in the Elizabethan era and beginning of the Stuart period of England, telling the life story of Sir Walter Raleigh , primarily through the viewpoint of his wife, Bess Throckmorton. This is the first of Sutcliff's five novels written and listed as expressly for 'adult' readership,  and like her later adult novel The Flowers of Adonis, uses the technique of having the central character's narrative told by his relation to other characters. Plot summary[ edit ] The story is primarily about the life and exploits of Sir Walter Raleigh, albeit with the bulk of the narration revolving around the impact of his life on Elizabeth Throckmorton, who is referred to as 'Bess. Glibert is attributed as sharing and inspiring Raleigh's lifelong passion of wanting explore the New World , beginning with a plan to seek the fabled Northwest Passage. Much of the rest of Raleigh's life is explained as being primarily motivated by this passion. Bess is brought into the novel when Raleigh is seeking favor at Queen Elizabeth 's court at the Palace of Westminster. She is 12 years of age, and Raleigh makes a strong impression on her during a chance meeting in a garden. He is whistling the tune of Greensleeves , which is used throughout the novel, and shares his frustration of being stymied in his goals of exploration. Bess grows up at court in proximity to Mary Sidney , eventually becoming a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen. They are all shown as children growing up in the shadows of their elders, Lord Essex and Lord Burghley , respectively; and the court intrigues of the times. The two 'Robins' are connected with Raleigh in what is described as a Triumvirate , around which both her life and the fate of England are shown as revolving. The first half of the novel takes place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, charting the ups and downs of Raleigh's career from the s onward; including his position as Captain of the Queen's Guard , his fall from favor after a clandestine marriage to Bess, their life at Durham House and Sherborne , his return to favor and involvement with the capture of Cadiz , the rise of Robin Cecil to become Secretary of State , the fall and execution of Robin Devereux , Raleigh's exploration of what is now Guyana , and attempt to promote the legend of El Dorado as motivation to gain further favor for future explorations. The second half of the novel takes place during the reign of King James , showing his decline under the machinations of Robin Cecil, 13 year imprisonment in the Tower of London after being impugned of involvement in the Main Plot by way of Lord Cobham , eventual restoration and resumption of exploration of the Orinoco , the death of his son Walter while on the exploration, Raleigh's downfall after the failure of the exploration, and eventual execution.