Archive for the tag 'Bess of Hardwick'

16 Comments CherryPie on May 7th 2013

Synopsis from book cover:
Bess of Hardwick, born into the most brutal and turbulent period of England’s history, did not have an auspicious start in life.  Widowed for the first time at sixteen, she nonetheless outlived four monarchs, married three more times, and died one of the wealthiest and most powerful women the country has ever [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Sep 21st 2010

Chatsworth, which is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, was every bit as good as I remembered it although due to the lovely weather it was very busy.
The first house at Chatsworth was built by Bess of Hardwick and her second husband William Cavendish.  Building work began in 1552 and continued for [...]

10 Comments CherryPie on Aug 17th 2010

This room is so large and elaborate that photographs don’t do it justice. The theme on the frieze depicts a forest with the court of Diana, amid attendant deer, lions, elephants, camels and other animals along with scenes of country life and deer and boar hunting.

The court of Diana, the virgin goddess and huntress, [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Aug 15th 2010

The new hall as you can see is even more magnificent than the old Hall. It was built in the 1590s and has remained unchanged since. The silhouetted initials ES that adorn the top of the building are for Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury who was better know as Bess of Hardwick.
The National Trust [...]

2 Comments CherryPie on Aug 11th 2010

In her sixties when Bess of Hardwick was estranged from her fourth husband, George Talbot sixth earl of Shrewsbury she returned to her childhood home at Hardwick. She then embarked upon the task of completely rebuilding the old manor and transforming it into a more modern hall in keeping with her status as countess of [...]

16 Comments CherryPie on Aug 3rd 2010