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DEVICES AND DESIRES: BESS OF HARDWICK AND THE BUILDING OF ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND

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Born in 1521, Bess of Hardwick, businesswoman, money-lender and property tycoon, established herself as one of the richest and most powerful women in England, second only to Queen Elizabeth. Her wealth took form in her passion for building and she oversaw the construction of her four houses including Hardwick New Hall, which stands today as a celebration of her triumphant progress through Elizabethan England.