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Book Title: Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527-1608|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.88 MB
v The author of the book: Mary S. Lovell
Date of issue: January 1st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780349115894
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Read full description of the books Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527-1608:After decades of reading biographies and collections of letters about the various men of the period, it's finally time for some of the women (outside of Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth and Mary Tudor) to get some attention.
Lovell had access to masses of data, and found more, but a great deal of it is in the form of financial records, and complicated legal documents. She does a good job of being upfront about her conjecture, usually in defense of, or sympathetic to, her subject, without descending into hagiography.
And what a fascinating person at a fascinating time! Bess knew everybody of importance at the Tudor court. She married four times, each bringing her more land and wealth, and spent a great deal of time looking out for her progeny--those who managed to survive infancy and childhood. A grimly high number didn't. Her biggest triumph, and biggest mistake, was Arbella Stuart, who many saw as Elizabeth Tudor's successor rather than James Stuart.
Lovel manages to furnish glimpses into all the personalities and lives, from the heartbreakingly awful maltreatment of Lady Jane Grey to Mary Stuart's deft efforts at dividing husband and wife in her effort to win sympathy from the Earl of Shrewsbury, given the unenviable task of being her gaoler for over fifteen years. Life at court and in the country, customs and manners, all get their due attention. There was a great deal more about the complications of personal finances than I had interest in, but another reader might lap all that painstaking research right up.
Read information about the authorMary was an accountant and company director for 20 years before becoming a writer. She wrote her first book in 1981 at the age of 40, while recovering from a broken back which was the result of a riding accident. She returned to accountancy but during the following 5 years she also published two further non-fiction books that were written in her spare time.
She lives in the New Forest in Hampshire, England.
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