Bess of Hardwick

Bess of Hardwick is perhaps one of the least heralded but most remarkable figures of Elizabethan England. Rising from humble origins to be one of the wealthiest women in the country, Bess used her business acumen and political savvy to navigate the chaotic world of the Tudor court, surviving monarch after monarch, marriage after marriage and even finding time to build grand houses like Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall. Many courtiers shouted louder, but few climbed higher.