'Shrew'd Politics: Bess of Hardwick and Female Political Agency in Elizabethan England.

Bowe, Hollis.


  • Abstract: This thesis examines how women effectively exercised political influence within the constraints imposed by the patriarchal Elizabethan society. It explores how Bess of Hardwick (1521-1608), the Countess of Shrewsbury and gentlewoman of Queen Elizabeth's privy chamber, manipulated the social limitations of her gender to wield unprecedented social and political influence in 16th-century En... read more
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