Please click above

to give us a rating

Devices and Desires - Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England written by Kate Hubbard performed by Heather Wilds on CD (Unabridged)

Rare!
Devices and Desires - Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England written by Kate Hubbard performed by Heather Wilds on CD (Unabridged)
  Zoom
Our Price:  £34.99Earn 34 Loyalty Points
+
Condition:

ISBN:  9781982607418
Genre - Main:  Non-Fiction
Genre - Specific:  Biography
Duration:  720 mins
Length:  Unabridged
Author:  Kate Hubbard
Narrator 1:  Heather Wilds
Rarity:  Rare

Availability:  

  

In stock, immediate despatch


Special Offer:  Free UK delivery is available when you order £40.00 or more of any product.

The critically acclaimed author of Serving Victoria brilliantly illuminates the life of the little-known Bess of Hardwick—next to Queen Elizabeth I, the richest and most powerful woman in sixteenth-century England. 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.

While Bess cultivated many influential courtiers, she also collected numerous enemies. Her embittered fourth husband once called her a woman of “devices and desires,” while nineteenth-century male historians portrayed her as a monster—”a woman of masculine understanding and conduct, proud, furious, selfish and unfeeling.”

In the twenty-first century she has been neutered by female historians who recast her as a soft-hearted sort, much maligned, and misunderstood. 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. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.