Bess: The Life of Lady Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter

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Constable, 2004 - England - 287 pages
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The previously untold remarkable life of Bess Ralegh, the woman behind Sir Walter Ralegh and ahead of her time. From the start of her liaison with Sir Walter Ralegh, Beth Throckmorton, maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth I, was thrown into the dangerous and violent political world of Elizabethan England. Overlooked by the court and high society, dismissed with no rights as a woman in a fiercely male establishment, she was forced to play for high stakes. Her acute intelligence and commercial acumen ensured her survival. Indeed, so great was her success that two monarchs, Elizabeth I and James I, felt threatened by and indeed sought to destroy her. justice did not come without a price: her own imprisonment and interrogation, banishment and destitution, and the loss of her husband and two of her three children. Her ultimate triumph over adversity is an extraordinarily dramatic and compelling story, and until now, untold. courage and resilience that makes her a woman as remarkable today as she was in her own time. She is here brought to life by Anna Beer in a perceptive and enjoyable biography.

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User Review  - PensiveCat - LibraryThing

A look at one of the overlooked in Elizabethan/Jacobean history. Elizabeth Throckmorton Ralegh is described, not so sympathetically as significantly. A good look Sir Walter's support system whether he ... Read full review

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This is a spell binding history of the wife of the courtier, pirate, poet Sir Walter Raleigh. Much has been written about him and he is a fascinating subject. He was an important player in the events ... Read full review

Contents

Growing Up Under Elizabeth
13
Bess and Sir Walter
57
Building a Life at Sherborne
77
Copyright

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Anna Beer is lecturer in English at Regent's Park College.

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