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Bess of Hardwick by David N. Durant

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Bess of Hardwick: Portrait of an Elizabethan Dynast is an essential read for those interested in the 16th century and Tudor history.

Bess of Hardwick was one of the most powerful and wealthiest women of her time next to Queen Elizabeth I. It was with her second husband, Sir William Cavendish that the Cavendish line which continues today was established.

Together they bought Chatsworth manor in 1549, and in 1552 began to build the first house on the site; This is one of the many innovative and magnificent builds of Bess of Hardwick which still remain today.

Learn more about Bess of Hardwick's remarkable history at Chatsworth