privy chamber

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presence chamber, presence room

The room in which a great personage receives his guests or those entitled to come before him; a hall of state.
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But despite Northumberland's outward show of affection, Ferrers never received a more permanent and lucrative court post, such as an appointment to Edward's privy chamber, which he had enjoyed under Henry VIII, nor did he gain any political office under Northumberland.
Around 1495 a real division was created between the Chamber and the Privy Chamber. The latter was separated from the other two rooms and was given its own staff.
Van Wilder's boys of the Privy Chamber are thought to have acted in plays.
Holman was among the very first scholars to recognize that an important distinction should be made between musicians who performed in the public areas of the court and those few allowed into the Privy Chamber. It is a subject which has not yet been fully investigated, partly because the musicians within the Privy Chamber tend to be called 'Grooms' rather than 'musicians', and partly because the research involves different groups of documents beyond those normally referring to the court music.
David Starkey (New York, 1987), 60; David Starkey, "Introduction: Court History in Perspective," and "Intimacy and Innovation: The Rise of the Privy Chamber, 1485-1547," in ibid., 20, 73.
The household officials counseling her were, furthermore, mostly members of the chamber rather than the privy chamber. Even so, Mears challenges the claim that the privy chamber lost power because women dominated it.
On 17 May James made both Southampton and Pembroke Gentlemen of the King's Privy Chamber, a position they eventually shared with more than twenty others.
This consisted of the Great Chamber, which led into the Presence Chamber, which connected with the innermost Privy Chamber. At the same time a third distinct layer of `privy' staff was employed to service these apartments: among their numbers were pages, yeomen ushers and waiters, Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber and a Groom of the Stool.
From 1604 to 1619 he was groom of the privy chamber to Queen Anne.
1558-1603) to whom she was appointed gentlewoman of the Queen's privy chamber. Her ambitious nature and forceful personality meant that she took risks and her relationship with Elizabeth I fluctuated over the years, and she did not keep this position.
Ives makes Thomas Cromwell the Machiavellian architect of a double conspiracy, one designed to bring down both Queen Anne and Cromwell's enemies in the king's privy chamber. Ives's account of this extraordinary coup (316-18 and 319-29) is at times acrobatic.