Recommended by bookseller Eleanor Franzen:
"She was married four times; each marriage served as an opportunity for her to amass more land, build more homes, and acquire more material wealth in the form of plate, textiles, and jewellery. The strength of her will comes across clearly; so does the particular nature of each of her marriages. Her appetite for construction was insatiable; there was a lot of house-building in Tudor England, which, with the dissolution of the monasteries, became one of the most upwardly mobile societies in the history of the world, but it was mostly done by men. Bess was a visionary builder, constantly commissioning work on any one of half a dozen houses. Kate Hubbard brings her vividly to life in this scholarly yet readable biography."
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