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.

Heather Wilds is an award-winning actress. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and has appeared in numerous plays on the London stage to great critical acclaim. Heather has performed in award-winning films, appeared on TV, in commercials, and enjoys regular work as an audiobook narrator and voice actress.


A brisk, perceptive portrait of a formidable Elizabethan woman.

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

Engaging, well-researched...Hubbard argues that Bess used her intellect to create the life she wanted and to create a stone-and-mortar legacy. This is a captivating new look at a powerful woman.

-- "Publishers Weekly"

[A] probing, buoyant portrait of this exceedingly wealthy, headstrong (Hubbard's title derives from a disparaging remark made by Bess' fourth husband), controversial, and influential woman and her world.

-- "Booklist"