Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England
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About the Author
After leaving Oxford University, Kate Hubbard worked variously as a researcher, a teacher, a book reviewer and a publisher's reader and a freelance editor. She currently works for the Royal Literary Fund. She is the author of the acclaimed historical biography Serving Victoria and lives in London and Dorset.
"Engagingly traces Bess of Hardwick's astonishing rise, her sometimes fraught experience amid Tudor power struggles, and her legacy as a patron of architecture and the decorative arts.... Ms. Hubbard's chief interest may lie in Bess's building work and domestic arrangements, but she deals deftly with the treacherous politics of the time. He research has been deep and, one thinks, deeply enjoyable. So is her book."--Wall Street Journal
"Succeed[s] in painting a dynamic portrait of Bess's life, using letters and other sources to give it colour.... Bess of Hardwick emerges from Devices and Desires as a fascinating and influential woman well deserving of many historians' attention."--BBC History