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Bess of Hardwick

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Edited by Lisa Hopkins

Bess of Hardwick
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  • ISBN: 9781526101297
  • Publish Date: Jan 2019
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0129-7
    • Pages: 224
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: January 2019

    Description

    Bess of Hardwick was one of the most extraordinary figures of Elizabethan England. She was born the daughter of a country squire. But by the end of her long life (which a recent redating of her birth suggests was even longer than previously thought) she was the richest woman in England outside the royal family, had risen to the rank of countess and seen two of her daughters do the same and had built one of the major 'prodigy houses' of the period. While married to her fourth husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, she had been jailer to Mary, Queen of Scots, and her granddaughter by her second marriage, Lady Arbella Stuart, was of royal blood and might have succeeded to the throne of England. This wide-ranging collection brings out the full range of her activities and impact.

    Reviews

    'Lisa Hopkins has put together what is sure to become a standard reference volume on the life of Bess of Hardwick. Solidly based on archival materials, it includes a careful assessment of the architectural and artistic environments in which Bess lived.'
    Early Modern Women: A Interdisciplinary Journal

    Contents

    Introduction - Lisa Hopkins
    1. Bess of Hardwick, a life - Alan Bryson
    2. Money, marriage and remembrance: telling stories from the Cavendish financial accounts - Alison Wiggins
    3. Bess's use of language - Imogen Julia Marcus
    4. Upper servants' letters and loyalties in the Shrewsbury-Stuart domestic politics of the 1580s - Felicity Lyn Maxwell
    5. Hardwick Hall: building a woman's house - Sara L. French
    6. Elizabeth Hardwick's material negotiations - Jessica L. Malay
    7. Bess of Hardwick's gynocracy in textiles - Susan Frye
    8. A difficult and volatile alliance: the Countess of Shrewsbury and the Lady Arbella Stuart - Sara Jayne Steen
    9. Conclusion - Lisa Hopkins
    Selected bibliography
    Index

    Editor

    Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University

    Bess of Hardwick

    Edited by Lisa Hopkins

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