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Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England


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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.

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Lita-Rose Betcherman received a doctorate in Tudor and Stuart history from the University of Toronto and was the Women's Bureau director for the province of Ontario. She is the author of three books on Canadian history and lives in Toronto.

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Gypsi, June 5, 2010 (view all comments by Gypsi)
This was an excellent scholarly work, while yet imminently readable. Betcherman follows the vastly different lives of two sisters during 17th century England, with one being immersed in Court life while the other centers her life around home matters. It is a fascinating read and very enlightening for those interested in social history, women's history, 17th century British history, or any combination. I highly recommend it to the casual historian as well as to the more serious scholar.
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Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England
Betcherman, Lita-rose
Betcherman, by Lita-Rose
by Lita-Rose Betcherman
Betcherman, Lita-Rose
Betcherman, Lita-Rose.
Harper Perennial
Historical - British
Europe - Great Britain - General
General History
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Biography » Historical
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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Tudor to Stuart Period
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
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