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Book Title: Bess: The Life of Lady Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter|
The author of the book: Anna Beer
Date of issue: April 16th 2015
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.53 MB
Edition: Endeavour Press
Read full description of the books Bess: The Life of Lady Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter:As lover, wife and widow of Sir Walter Ralegh, Bess was the hidden force behind his spectacular public achievements, the stable point in his turbulent private life, and the shrewd creator of his reputation after his death.
Having resisted being married off in her teens, she began a passionate and illicit sexual relationship with Ralegh in her twenties.
Her intelligence and business acumen were exceptional, despite having no rights as a woman (twice she built a fortune from nothing), and her remarkable emotional strength sustained her through personal tragedy and political disasters that broke many others, including her own husband.
A woman in a man’s world, Bess’s ambitious pursuit of power and wealth, and justice for herself and her children, make compelling reading.
‘Anna Beer has lovingly restored Bess Ralegh to her rightful place among Elizabethan heroines. Brave, energetic, and resourceful to the point of audacity — Bess was a successful gambler against the odds. She rescued the reputation of her own husband, Sir Walter Ralegh, and now, four centuries later, Anna Beer has returned the favour.’ – Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
‘[Anna Beer’s] eye for detail is outstanding.’ – Sunday Times
Anna, who lives in Oxford, spends most of her time researching and writing books about interesting people who lived in interesting times, but she also teaches Literature and Creative Writing -and takes time out to travel whenever she can.
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Read information about the authorAnna's first book, type-written when she was 12, was 'Wuthering Claudia', written for, featuring, and strongly influenced by her classmates at Chiswick Community School. Now, several decades on, she continues to write about what interests her - and hopes will interest others. Her latest book, 'Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music' tells the fascinating and inspiring stories of eight female composers. It's a book that's been in her mind for years, and it's truly exciting to see it come to life.
Writing 'Sounds' has brought together a number of Anna's long-standing activities and passions - music, obviously; writing, even more obviously; thinking about women's lives in the past (which was the impetus for her book on Bess Throckmorton, wife to Sir Walter Ralegh); thinking about the material conditions necessary for the creation of 'great art' (which was one of the ideas behind her biography of John Milton).
Alongside her work as a biographer, Anna teaches English Literature and Creative Writing to undergraduates and postgraduates; contributes to the Oxford Student Texts series for Oxford University Press; and makes regular lecture and media appearances.
Anna's blog (www.shadowofthecourtesan.wordpress.com) reveals that research, writing and teaching are not Anna's only passions: she loves cycling (sometimes a long long way); good food and really good wine; and wandering around dirty, beautiful cities. Oh, and long-distance trains.
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