• Bess of Hardwick and Hardwick Hall

    1 month ago - By Chez Namaste Nancy

    The fearful symmetry of Hardwick Hall, Bess of Hardwick's great Derbyshire house, designed for her by Robert Smythson in the 1590s. Amazing structure. Just a wall of windows: you can hardly even find the door! Today is Bess's day. Born into a respectable but poor family, Bess is an example of marrying up and up and up.. Bess left home at the age of 12 to serve at nearby Codnor Castle, and by the age of 15 she had married Robert Barlow, heir to a neighboring gentry family. He was only 13, and died the following year. The teenaged Bess moved on probably to become a lady-in-waiting to Frances...
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