Bess’s use of language
in Bess of Hardwick
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This chapter discusses Bess’s use of language. It is based on seventy-eight letters, both scribal and holograph, that Bess wrote to various correspondents throughout her life. With a particular focus upon her spelling and grammar, it places Bess’s use of English within the context of what we already know about how women were using the language in Tudor and Stuart England, and the changes taking place in the language over the early modern period, defined here as 1500–1750.

Bess of Hardwick

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