Of Houshold Stuff: The 1601 Inventories of Bess of Hardwick

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Santina M. Levey, Peter K. Thornton
National Trust, Aylesbury, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 71 pages
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-- An important primary resource for students of the 16th century, social history, furniture and textilesElizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, more famously known as Bess of Hardwick, became one of the most influential women of the Elizabethan age. Married and widowed four times, she was an astute business woman who succeeded in amassing a huge personal fortune and extensive estates. All her homes were adorned with sumptuous contents, the value of which usually exceeded that of the buildings themselves.In 1601 probate inventories were compiled of Bess' three Derbyshire houses. Published together for the first time, these extraordinary records provide a fascinating insight into one of the world's most important collections of 16th century furniture and textiles.

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Thornton is a world-renowned expert in the decorative arts. For 30 years a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, later curator of Sir Joh Sloane's Museum, London.

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