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Author Hubbard, Kate, 1963- author
Title Devices and desires : Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England / Kate Hubbard
Published New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
 Rodman Main Adult Biography  S561eh  [NEW ITEM]  AVAILABLE
Descript 354 pages : color illustrations, map, genealogical table ; 24 cm
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Note "Originally published ... in Great Britain in 2018 by Chatto & Windus"--Title-page verso
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary "Aided by a quartet of judicious marriages and a shrewd head for business, Bess of Hardwick rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most respected and feared Countesses in Elizabethan England - an entrepreneur who built a family fortune, created glorious houses - the last and greatest built as a widow in her 70s - and was deeply involved in matters of the court, including the custody of Mary Queen of Scots....As Kate Hubbard reveals, the truth of this highly accomplished woman lies somewhere in between: ruthless and scheming, Bess was sentimental and affectionate as well. Hubbard draws on more than 230 of Bess's letters, including correspondence with the Queen 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 true feminist icon centuries ahead of her time - a complex, formidable, and decidedly modern woman captured in full as never before." --Dust flap
Contents Prologue: Hardwick Hall, 1590 -- Derbyshire beginnings -- Sir William Cavendish -- Acquisition -- "Every man almost is a builder" -- "My honest swete Chatesworth" -- "This devil's devices" -- Countess of Shrewsbury -- The Scots Queen -- A dubious honour -- "Close dealing" -- "Great turmoil doth two houses breed" -- "The old song" -- "Send me accres" -- "Civil wars" -- Mocking and mowing -- The old hall -- Smythson's Platt -- London, 1591 -- "More glass than wall" -- "Houshold stuff" -- "A scribbling melancholy" -- "It doth stick sore in her teeth" -- "Not over sumptuous" -- Afterword: Hardwick Post Bess
Subject Shrewsbury, Elizabeth Hardwick Talbot, Countess of, 1527?-1608
Countesses -- England -- Biography
Nobility -- Great Britain -- Biography
Women landowners -- Great Britain -- Biography
Great Britain -- History -- Elizabeth, 1558-1603 -- Biography
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