Bess of Hardwick

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Bess of Hardwick:

see Shrewsbury, Elizabeth Talbot, countess ofShrewsbury, Elizabeth Talbot, countess of
, 1520–1608, English noblewoman, known as Bess of Hardwick. At the age of 15 she married Robert Barlow, who died shortly afterward.
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Its patron, Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, commonly known as Bess of Hardwick, has been celebrated as a formidable patron of early modern Europe.
Covering as much interior surface as the famous windows by Smythson--by which the house is knownthrough its jingle, "Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall"--the embroideries and other cloth hangings made by Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, her women, and her professional male embroiderers, are often of militant female virtues as well as more passive kinds.

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