By Mary S. Lovell
"The most sensible account but on hand of this clever, enigmatic and noteworthy woman."—Sunday Times [London]
From the writer of The Sisters, a chronicle of the main brutal, turbulent, and exuberant interval of England's background. Bess Hardwick, the 5th daughter of an impoverished Derbyshire nobleman, didn't have an auspicious begin in lifestyles. Widowed at 16, she still outlived 4 monarchs, married 3 extra occasions, equipped the good condo at Chatsworth, and died one of many wealthiest and strongest ladies in English history.
In 1527 England used to be within the throes of violent political upheaval as Henry VIII severed all hyperlinks with Rome. His daughter, Queen Mary, was once much more capricious and bloody, purely to be via the indomitable and ruthless Gloriana, Elizabeth I. it will possibly now not were extra unsafe a interval for an bold girl; by the point Bess's first baby was once six, 3 of her illustrious godparents have been beheaded.
Using journals, letters, inventories, and account books, Mary S. Lovell tells the passionate, colourful tale of an astonishingly comprehensive girl, between whose descendants are counted the dukes of Devonshire, Rutland, and Portland, and, at the American part, Katharine Hepburn.
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