Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury!

@garymarsh6 (12330)
United Kingdom
July 23, 2016 4:07am CST
Elizabeth Talbot was the second most important person in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. She was the daughter of John Hardwick who owned a massive Mansion in Derbyshire, Hardwick Hall. She was one of five children, a brother and four sisters. She was married off at the age of around 14 but her new husband died not long after. His inheritance eventually came to her. She married a further three times each time being made richer and becoming more influential in the court of Elizabeth I and was a lady of Queen Elizabeth's bed chamber. Her second husband was Sir William Cavendish bizarrely married at 2 O'clock in the morning. She became Lady Cavendish. Her third marriage was to Sir William St Loe and on his death he left everything to Elizabeth who it is reported received £60,000 a year from the estates making her the richest woman after Queen Elizabeth I. Her fourth marriage was to the Earl of Shrewsbury. Mary Queen of Scots was held in their custody until she was later put to death. They lived in several properties including Chatsworth house a massive mansion in Derbyshire. Elizabeth became one of Queen Mary's companions and they were entrusted to keep her prisoner. They worked together on tapestries some of which are on display at Hardwick Hall the most famous being the Oxburgh Hangings now in the Victoria and Albert museum London. My next posts will describe some of the magnificent homes she lived in. The photo is of Elizabeth Countess of Shrewsbury at Hardwick Hall.
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@DeborahDiane (17179)
• Laguna Woods, California
24 Jul 16
Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, certainly lived an interesting life ... as did her friend Queen Elizabeth I and her mother, Anne Boleyn. Some women managed to become powerful in those days, despite the odds being against them.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
24 Jul 16
Absolutely. She had heart ache as well. Life was very tough in the 1500's so she was very very fortunate in many respects.
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• Laguna Woods, California
25 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 - Yes, life was very difficult for a long time for both men and women through the ages, including the 1500's. Really, life has only been easier for the majority of people in developed countries since the second half of the 20th Century. Prior to that, most people had a very tough life. Only the wealthy, powerful or very lucky had an easy life ... which is amazing considering that art, music and other positive manifestations of happiness still flourished over thousands of years. I read once that even the fact that ancient people were known to decorate their clothing and utensils means that they had some leisure time and enjoyed making their surroundings beautiful. Isn't that interesting?
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
25 Jul 16
@DeborahDiane I find all history quite fascinating.
@celticeagle (114508)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Jul 16
Sad life I'd say. Things have sure changed.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
23 Jul 16
She lived a life of luxury.
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@celticeagle (114508)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 ....Wish I could live a life of luxury now. I didn't mind being rather poor when I was young, it's the pits now.
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@OreoBrownie (3401)
• Elberton, Georgia
24 Jul 16
Great history lesson. I read and saw documentaries on the Queen and her life.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
24 Jul 16
Great I hope you found it interesting.
@jstory07 (59922)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Jul 16
Thanks for sharing the information on her.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
23 Jul 16
Thank you I hope you enjoyed it.
@jaboUK (51510)
• United Kingdom
23 Jul 16
Thanks for this interesting post Gary - I didn't know anything about this lady. Another of your 'word pictures'
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@simone10 (22242)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Jul 16
I love reading about things like this. I find it very interesting and it makes me want to read more.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
24 Jul 16
I love history too Sharon!
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@simone10 (22242)
• Louisville, Kentucky
27 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 It's funny that I never cared for it while I was in school but now I sometimes can't get enough.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul 16
@simone10 I have always found history fascinating. I am boring I guess I just don't get scifi and all that fiction I much prefer factual stuff!
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@CRK109 (14294)
• United States
25 Jul 16
Oh this is fascinating! I never heard of her before! But I'd love to know more!
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
25 Jul 16
An amazing history and her early life was quite sad.
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@CRK109 (14294)
• United States
25 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 I need to learn more about her. I'm surprised I'd never heard of her until now.
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@just4him (96481)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jul 16
She sounds like a fascinating woman.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
24 Jul 16
From a historical angle she was very powerful but also very kind.
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@just4him (96481)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 That combination in a person is hard to find.
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@Tampa_girl7 (22280)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I love learning about real people and history......thanks.
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
14 Aug 16
Glad you enjoyed reading about her!
@egdcltd (5928)
27 Jul 16
If you haven't read her biography, Bess of Hardwick, I definitely recommend it. In a time when women were second class citizens she became rich and powerful. Her male peers often considered her to be as good as man (considering, unlike them, she handled her finances far better, not as much of a compliment as they meant it).
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@vandana7 (57819)
• India
25 Jul 16
Oh my, what a way to acquire wealth and even worse, to remain non-committal about Mary the Queen of Scots. Working on tapestries invariably makes people talk and become friends...to hold a person of that stature in home and not be friendly with her while socially interacting with her ...requires a lot of maturity. Looking forward to more information. Just one doubt..what is the difference between Earl, and Sir, and why is she Countess..and he is not Count...
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@garymarsh6 (12330)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul 16
I will answer you tomorrow Vanny. I am off to bed !
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@BelleStarr (33977)
• Portland, Connecticut
25 Jul 16
I love Bess of Hardwick and I have visited a couple of her homes including Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth and I have been to her grave in Derby Cathedral.
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@DianneN (63369)
• United States
24 Jul 16
I love English history.
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