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Court lady and country wife : two noble sisters in seventeenth-century England

Author: Lita-Rose Betcherman
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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" Born during the reign of Elizabeth I, Lucy and Dorothy Percy came to prominence at the court of Charles I. Lucy, the Countess of Carlisle, dominated the royal scene. Her beauty was immortalized in magnificent Van Dyck portraits, her political skills attracted many famous lovers, and her talent as a gossip ensured her inclusion in the queen's inner circle--until civil war and its machinations led to her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Lucy Hay Carlisle, Countess of; Dorothy Sidney Leicester, Countess of; James Hay Carlisle, Earl of; Robert Sidney Leicester, Earl of; Percy family.; James Hay Carlisle, Earl of; Lucy Hay Carlisle, Countess of; Dorothy Sidney Leicester, Countess of; Robert Sidney Leicester, Earl of; Percy family.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lita-Rose Betcherman
ISBN: 9780060762889 0060762888
OCLC Number: 57694775
Description: xii, 384 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Lita-Rose Betcherman.

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" Born during the reign of Elizabeth I, Lucy and Dorothy Percy came to prominence at the court of Charles I. Lucy, the Countess of Carlisle, dominated the royal scene. Her beauty was immortalized in magnificent Van Dyck portraits, her political skills attracted many famous lovers, and her talent as a gossip ensured her inclusion in the queen's inner circle--until civil war and its machinations led to her imprisonment in the Tower of London. Her sister, Dorothy, Countess of Leicester--wife of a diplomat and an ancestor of Princess Diana--managed the family estates and raised twelve surviving children. Though brilliant, with a keen eye and special purview of European politics, she had a reputation as a shrewish wife and, when her husband rebelled after thirty-five years of marriage, it caused a public scandal. Viewing a tempestuous era through the exceptional lives of Lucy and Dorothy Percy, Lita-Rose Betcherman's Court Lady and Country Wife offers a perfect window into a remarkable world."--Publisher's website.

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