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The Resource Devices and desires : Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England, Kate Hubbard

Devices and desires : Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England, Kate Hubbard

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Devices and desires : Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England
Title
Devices and desires
Title remainder
Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England
Statement of responsibility
Kate Hubbard
Title variation
Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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." -- Amazon.com
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10755141
Cataloging source
DLC
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1963-
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Hubbard, Kate
Dewey number
  • 942.05/5092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DA358.S4
LC item number
H83 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Shrewsbury, Elizabeth Hardwick Talbot
  • Countesses
  • Nobility
  • Women landowners
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
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Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England
Label
Devices and desires : Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England, Kate Hubbard
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published as Devices and Desires in Great Britain in 2018 by Chatto and Windus, an imprint of Vintage
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-334) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Hardwick Hall, 1590 -- Derbyshire beginnings -- Sir William Cavendish -- Acquisition -- "Every man almost is a builder" -- "My honest swete Chatesworth" -- "This devil's devices" -- Countess of Shrewsbury -- The Scots Queen -- A dubious honour -- "Close dealing" -- "Great turmoil doth two houses breed" -- "The old song" -- "Send me accres" -- "Civil wars" -- Mocking and mowing -- The old hall -- Smythson's Platt -- London, 1591 -- "More glass than wall" -- "Houshold stuff" -- "A scribbling melancholy" -- "It doth stick sore in her teeth" -- "Not over sumptuous" -- Afterword: Hardwick Post Bess
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxx, 354 pages
Isbn
9780062302991
Lccn
2018043843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), map
System control number
  • on1038410006
  • (OCoLC)1038410006
Label
Devices and desires : Bess of Hardwick and the building of Elizabethan England, Kate Hubbard
Publication
Note
Originally published as Devices and Desires in Great Britain in 2018 by Chatto and Windus, an imprint of Vintage
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-334) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Hardwick Hall, 1590 -- Derbyshire beginnings -- Sir William Cavendish -- Acquisition -- "Every man almost is a builder" -- "My honest swete Chatesworth" -- "This devil's devices" -- Countess of Shrewsbury -- The Scots Queen -- A dubious honour -- "Close dealing" -- "Great turmoil doth two houses breed" -- "The old song" -- "Send me accres" -- "Civil wars" -- Mocking and mowing -- The old hall -- Smythson's Platt -- London, 1591 -- "More glass than wall" -- "Houshold stuff" -- "A scribbling melancholy" -- "It doth stick sore in her teeth" -- "Not over sumptuous" -- Afterword: Hardwick Post Bess
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxx, 354 pages
Isbn
9780062302991
Lccn
2018043843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), map
System control number
  • on1038410006
  • (OCoLC)1038410006

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