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Devices And Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England

Kate Hubbard.
Item #: D11627
Format: Paperback
Pages/Publication Date: 354 / 2020
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062303004
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Aided by no less than four judicious marriages and a shrewd head for business, Bess of Hardwick (1527-1608) rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most respected and feared Countesses in Elizabethan England. Bess has been portrayed as both monster and victim, and so Kate Hubbard seeks the truth in more than 230 of Bess's letters, including correspondence with Queen Elizabeth I and her councilors, fond (and furious) missives between her husbands and children, and notes sharing titillating court gossip. The result is a rich, compelling portrait of a feminist icon centuries ahead of her time—a complex, formidable, and decidedly modern woman who was ruthless, affectionate, and sentimental.

 

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