Elizabeth cavendish later elizabeth talbot countess of shrewsbury c 1527 13 february 1608 known as bess of hardwick ne elizabeth hardwick of hardwick hall in derbyshire was a notable figure of elizabethan english society by a series of well made marriages she rose to the highest levels of english nobility and became enormously wealthy. Bess of hardwicks letters brings together for the first time the remarkable letters written to and from bess of hardwick bess of hardwick c1521 2 or 1527 1608 is one of elizabethan englands most famous figures. Elizabeth hardwick better known as bess of hardwick was the daughter of john hardwick b 1495 d 29 jan 1528 and elizabeth leake b 1499 d 1570bess started her life relatively poor she married four times had six surviving children of her own and many step children. Died bess of hardwick died 13th february 1608 at the age of eighty family connections of bess of hardwick her daughter elizabeth cavendish married charles stuart earl of lennox and was mother of lady arbella stuart the granddaughter of bess of hardwick. Bess of hardwicks life is an object lesson in how connections marriage property management and a keen sense of how to manipulate contemporary political and social events to ones advantage can lead to personal ascendancy
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