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Chapter the First
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"Just everyone in the city is talking about what you said to the deputation from Parliament, Your Grace," Meg Milligrew told the queen the next morning. As Her Majesty's strewing herb mistress of the privy chamber, Meg scented the draperies and bedclothes with fresh, fragrant herbs each day.
They were more than queen and servant, for Meg had been with Elizabeth in the difficult days before the throne was hers. Now, with select others, she sometimes helped Her Majesty in dangerous situations that had to be kept private. The young woman resembled her monarch,