A handmaid, handmaiden, bedmaid, lady-in-waiting, companion, or lady companion, is a female servant or personal attendant of a royal woman or noblewoman. These women may be of noble birth themselves, or they may be mere smallfolk servants. Handmaids may companionably share the bed of the woman they are attending.
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