Bess of Hardwick: a Tudor success story

Kate Hubbard on the fascinating life of Bess of Hardwick who become the second richest woman in England after Elizabeth I

Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, c. 1521 - 1608, known as Bess of Hardwick (Photo by Alamy)

Kate Hubbard, biographer of Bess of Hardwick, explores the fascinating life of a Tudor woman who rose from relative obscurity to become one of the richest and most influential people of her age


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