Hardwick Hall
Building a woman’s house
in Bess of Hardwick
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This chapter analyses the significance of the innovations at Hardwick in terms of Bess’s gender as well as the way Elizabethan gender roles were crucially important to the map of domestic space in the late sixteenth century. Powerful female figures such as Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart had a profound impact on the politics and art of the late sixteenth century. Bess of Hardwick’s impact on the Elizabethan country house remains a visible example of the complex interweaving of courtiership, patronage and design with women’s domestic and political roles.

Bess of Hardwick

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Editor: Lisa Hopkins


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