Suzannah Lipscomb

Tudor England’s other Bess

She built some of the most magnificent houses of the age, and became a byword for wit, ambition and extravagance

Bess of Hardwick — who died Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury — was a remarkable and fascinating woman. The wife of four men, builder of four houses, and by her death the second richest woman in the country, the exceptional Bess has attracted many biographers.

Kate Hubbard’s new book differs from these by examining Bess’s life as a ‘builder within the context of the Elizabethan building world’.

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