The career of Bess, married to the Earl of Shrewsbury just in time to hostess the house arrest of Mary Queen of Scots, was...

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THE TOWER AND THE DREAM

The career of Bess, married to the Earl of Shrewsbury just in time to hostess the house arrest of Mary Queen of Scots, was marked by four weddings, several children and the refurbishing or building of a string of residences. At least that's about all in this tiresome and trifling historical portrait. Bess was wed first to a dying teenager (the union was unconsummated), then Cavendish who sired her children, and Sir William St. Loe, whose brother spread scandal about Bess and the Earl of Shrewsbury -- her last husband. Bess outlived them all, and in this version, except for Mary's unwelcome visit, ended by Bess with some scurrilous poison pen letters, her life was a repetitious pattern of arrivals and departures -- to the court or cemetery.

Pub Date: Jan. 31, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1973