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The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England written by Ian Mortimer performed by Mike Grady on Audio CD (Unabridged)

The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England written by Ian Mortimer performed by Mike Grady on Audio CD (Unabridged)£59.99

From the author of one of the biggest-selling history books of recent years, the follow-up to The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. Featuring an exclusive interview with the author. What was it actually like to live in Elizabethan England? If you could travel to the past and walk the streets of London in the 1590s, where would you stay? What would you eat? What would you wear?

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

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Devices and Desires - Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England written by Kate Hubbard performed by Heather Wilds on CD (Unabridged)
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ISBN:  9781982607418
Genre - Main:  Non-Fiction
Genre - Specific:  Biography
Duration:  720 mins
Length:  Unabridged
Author:  Kate Hubbard
Narrator 1:  Heather Wilds
Rarity:  Extremely Rare

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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.

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