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Court Lady and Country Wife : Royal Privilege and Civil War: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth Century England

Betcherman, Lita-Rose

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ISBN 10: 0002007894 / ISBN 13: 9780002007894
Published by HarperCollins, 2005
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Near-new condition. SIGNED/AUTOGRAPHED by author in book front: "To Susan with best wishes - Lita-Rose Betcherman". NO other writing or marks inside book. Nicely illustrated. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $36.95. Number line: 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. NO tears inside book. Tight spine, bright pages. Dustcover is clean and bright, shows slight wear (NO tears). 384 pages. From Publishers Weekly The lives of Dorothy and Lucy Percy, daughters of the early 17th-century earl of Northumberland, reflect striking contrasts in early modern marriage. Lucy married a much older rising star of the Jacobean court, later Lord Carlisle, and had only one short-lived child; centering her life on the royal court, she became mistress of the duke of Buckingham and a confidante of Queen Henrietta Maria. Dorothy married the later earl of Leicester, raising 12 children in the relative obscurity of the countryside, where she managed estates and campaigned for her husband's career. Both sisters were involved in the politics of the Civil War, when each precariously balanced family, finances and loyalties in order to survive. Canadian historian Betcherman dwells particularly on Lucy's charms, as sources praising her are abundant. The author is less generous to Dorothy, trusting too much in the sometimes bitter assessments of her husband and offering no hint of whether his taking loans with interest from his wife was unusual. Still, personalities, fashion, intrigue and even parliamentary and military history blend to provide a multifaceted entry into a period not always accessible to general readers of history. Copyright Reed Business Information, From Booklist: Canadian historian Betcherman combines historical, sociological, and cultural insight in this fascinating dual biography of two seventeenth-century British sisters. Born into the nobility, Lucy and Dorothy Percy, the beautiful daughters of the Earl of Northumberland, each made what was considered a good catch in the often-precarious marriage market. Married to a Jacobean courtier, Lucy spent much of her life at court, wielding power and influence behind the scenes and dazzling a succession of prominent lovers, including the notorious Duke of Buckingham. Dorothy's path, though much less public, was equally compelling. The wife of the Earl of Leicester, she raised a huge brood of children, managed multiple country estates, and lobbied tirelessly on behalf of her diplomat husband. The action really heats up during the English civil war, when both sisters made political and personal decisions that profoundly affected the course of their individual and collective family futures. Margaret Flanagan. Bookseller Inventory # 040409

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Title: Court Lady and Country Wife : Royal ...

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near-Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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