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Bess of Hardwick: Portrait of an Elizabethan Dynast Paperback – June 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers; 1 Revised edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720610788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720610789
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bess of Hardwick was better known as Elizabeth, the Countess of Shrewsbury, and was a leading figure in Elizabethan England, most notably as the jailer of Mary Queen of Scots. Her role in British history is far wider than that, however, and her story is quite interesting as she went through a succession of husbands, with each one bringing her closer to the royal court.
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About the Author

David N. Durant is a lecturer and broadcaster and has contributed to many journals and magazines, including Country Life and History Today.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after touring Hardwick Hall which was built by Bess in the late 1500's. The book brought Bess alive to me and gave me a good sense of what her life would have been like. Not only does it give a sense of Bess' life, but life in Elizabethan England. Anyone having visited Chatsworth and Hardwick wishing to know more about Elizabeth Shrewsbury should read this book. I can't help wondering what Bess would think to know that her family line continues to this day and that her grand-daughter married into the Howard family.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
David Durant does a very good job of making both the woman and her era intresting. Long time one of my favorite women of history, you have to admit that starting as a farmer's daughter and ending up the wealthiest woman in England (other than Queen Elizabeth I) Bess must have been something special. She could teach us modern girls a thing or two. Thank you, Mr. Durant, for writing this book.
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By Marykay Perez on August 20, 2013
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I am an avid Biography reader and this is one of the best I have read. I don't have time right now to really write a proper review, but anyone who is interested in Elizabethian History will love this one. She was a powerful woman at the same time of history as Elizabeth the first and produced some of th most famouse names in Eglish history.
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