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Author:
Anna Beer
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978-0345452900
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Ballantine Books; 1 edition (August 26, 2003)
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Short summary: Bess is a lady in waiting to Queen Elizabeth I. Sir Walter Raleigh Though I have read quite a bit of Tudor history, I was not aware of Bess Raleigh and all that the Raleigh family went through in the later years of Elizabeth I's reign and the beginning of James I's reign. I knew a bit about them from previous reading and learned even more about them on a visit to the Tower of London a few months ago, but this book really helped me understand this couple and their place in history.

Beer uses the life of Bess Ralegh (1565-1647?) to effectively illustrate the limited role of women in Elizabethan and Stuart England. As Beer makes abundantly clear, Bess succeeded quite nicely in all these roles

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My Just Desire : The Life of Bess Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter

My Just Desire : The Life of Bess Ralegh, Wife to Sir Walter. I could not put this book down, enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. Some of the details were a little too much, but I loved learning something about running a household, women's rights (or lack of them)and the book is full of details about the many players of the times. One of England's great matriarchs. com User, June 9, 2004. Anna Beer's biography of Bess Ralegh follows a current trend amongst English literary historians who are intent on re-examining the supporting cast of English Tudor and Stuart history.

Elizabeth, Lady Raleigh (née Throckmorton; 16 April 1565 – c. 1647) was Sir Walter Raleigh's wife and a Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber to Queen Elizabeth I of England. Their secret marriage precipitated a long period of royal disfavour for both her and her husband. Elizabeth, known also as "Bess", was the daughter of the diplomat Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and Anne Throckmorton (née Carew).

Bess & Walter fell madly in love, & her pregnancy & their secret marriage earned them the Queen's unbridled wrath. This book delves considerably into their marriage after the scandal, and Ralegh's tragic end. Reading Lists, Book Lists, I Love Books, Kid Books, Childrens Books, Books To Read, Pioneer School, Pioneer Camp, Pioneer Life. Botany Books, List Of Resources, Going Off The Grid, Go Off, Off Grid House, Cnc Plasma, Reference Book, Simple Living, Hobby Cnc. Sarah Lee. Books. Bestselling Author, Used Books, Great Books, Karen Kingsbury, Ebooks, Book Cafe, Emotional Connection, Jesus Lives, Bible Stories.

The previously untold remarkable life of Bess Ralegh, the woman behind Sir Walter Ralegh and ahead of her time. From the start of her liaison with Sir Walter Ralegh, Beth Throckmorton, maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth I, was thrown into the dangerous and violent political world of Elizabethan England. Overlooked by the court and high society, dismissed with no rights as a woman in a fiercely male establishment, she was forced to play for high stakes.

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Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer. At age 17, he fought with the French Huguenots and later studied at Oxford. He was knighted in 1585, and within two years became Captain of the Queen's Guard. Between 1584 and 1589, he helped establish a colony near Roanoke Island (present-day North Carolina), which he named Virginia. Accused of treason by King James I, Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned and eventually put to death. When Was Sir Walter Raleigh Born?

Young, beautiful, and connected by blood to the most powerful families in England, Bess Throckmorton had as much influence over Queen Elizabeth I as any woman in the realm—but she risked everything to marry the most charismatic man of the day. The secret marriage between Bess and the Queen’s beloved Sir Walter Ralegh cost both of them their fortunes, their freedom, and very nearly their lives. Yet it was Bess, resilient, passionate, and politically shrewd, who would live to restore their name and reclaim her political influence. In this dazzling biography, Bess Ralegh finally emerges from her husband’s shadow to stand as a complex, commanding figure in her own right.Writing with grace and drama, Anna Beer brings Bess to life as a woman, a wife and mother, an intimate friend of poets and courtiers, and a skilled political infighter in Europe’s most powerful and most dangerous court. The only daughter of an ambitious aristocratic family, Bess was thrust at a tender age into the very epicenter of royal power when her parents secured her the position of Elizabeth’s Gentlewoman of the Privy Chamber. Bess proved to be a natural player on this stage of extravagant mythmaking and covert sexual politics, until she fell in love with the Queen’s Captain of the Guard, the handsome, virile, meteorically rising Ralegh. But their secret marriage, swiftly followed by the birth of their son, would have grave consequences for both of them.Brooking the Queen’s wrath and her husband’s refusal to acknowledge their marriage, Bess brilliantly stage-managed her social and political rehabilitation and emerged from prison as the leader of a brilliant, fast-living aristocratic set. She survived personal tragedy, the ruinous global voyages launched by her husband, and the vicious plots of high-placed enemies. Though Raleigh in the end fell afoul of court intrigue, Bess lived on into the reign of James I as a woman of hard-won wisdom and formidable power.With compelling historical insight, Anna Beer recreates here the vibrant pageant of Elizabethan England—the brilliant wit and vicious betrayals, the new discoveries and old rivalries, the violence and fierce sexuality of life at court. Peopled by poets and princes, spanning the reigns of two monarchs, moving between the palaces of London and the manor house outside the capital, My Just Desire is the portrait of a remarkable woman who lived at the center of an extraordinary time.
  • I really enjoyed this book and I think big part of that was for the simple fact that I knew so little about her. I had heard of her husband but she was a complete mystery for me other than the occasional mention that she received censor from Queen Elizabeth due to her marriage. In reading Ms. Beer's book, I was introduced to a very fascinating and strong willed woman. It seems her fortunes rose and fell several time which left me constantly wondering how it would all work out for her in the end. Ms. Beer has a wonderful writing style that fully engrosses you in the subject matter. My only quibble was the constant use of the poems/sonnets that were written. I realize that my dislike for this constant use in the beginning is totally a personal preference thing but I always find the over use of them distracting and they take me out of the book. Thankfully, they are only used in the beginning chapters of the book so I was able to move past it relatively quickly.

    I highly recommend reading this book for anyone interested in discovering more about the powerful and influential people during Queen Elizabeth's time period. It helps to further understand the consequences of Elizabeth's decisions and, who knows, you may find yourself discovering a whole new heroine.

  • Since one of my ancestors has the name Throckmorton, I was curious to find out this story! It can be tedious at times, with occasional excursions into some very interesting history!

  • I bought this because I have relatives that are her descendants! Interesting!

  • I could not put this book down, enjoyed (almost) every minute of it. Some of the details were a little too much, but I loved learning something about running a household, women's rights (or lack of them)and the book is full of details about the many players of the times. I loved the book.

  • I got a refund. What else can I say other than I just got plain tired of reading about the Queen's virginity and her constant plotting to stay single due to the fear of having a husband tell her what to do. She was a good queen though but a 500-page book was too much to wade through on that same theme. Boring!

  • Nothing can reveal more the challenges to a writer than trying to cobble together an uncertain mixture of elusive facts, myths, and willfull speculation, and weave them into a coherent historical narrative.

    While I will admit being seduced by the glamor of the characters, if only to see how things would turn out in the end. But when the end of the book did actually come, I was more relieved than satisfied that the manuscript had indeed come to a logical if not an entirely clean resolution.

    Perhaps unintentionally this became a double-barreled triumph and tragedy tale, a tale of the pathos and redemption of two very flawed heroes: Bess Throckmorton and her lover and secret husband, the infamous Sir Walter Raleigh (WR). For in this rather winding and confusing, but nevertheless still very human story, both were cast as uncertain protagonists, equal parts dubious and flawed.

    True enough, the story began as a much subdued and gauzy tale of Raleigh's past pirating and exploration derring-dos days. But then, it quickly descended into a robust but sleazy royal sex scandal, filled with betrayal of WR's numero uno paramour and mistress, none other than Elizabeth I, the reputed virgin Queen herself.

    In his high drama of royal sexual betrayal, WR had committed both the worst and the next worse possible crimes possible: impregnating a lady of the court and then secretly marrying her.

    Since both WR and Bess could make claims to some royal blood (however weakly), a hidden heir was a "serious matter of state," especially for a barren post-menopausal queen like Elizabeth. The only worst possible crime was to be accused of being part of a political conspiracy to end the Queen's reign and replace her with one's own secretly produced heir.

    Mostly through innuendo, Bess and WR were accused of both crimes, and together were escorted to the Tower of London, where they spent, three and thirteen years respectively. After his first thirteen years, WR was released only to be re-arrested for an illegal and failed attack on Spain in Guiana a year or so later. He was eventually beheaded with Bess looking on in the wings. Beth's story, such as it is, only begins in earnest after WR is executed. She spends the rest of her life trying to undo the effects of their joint misdeeds, trying rather desperately to regain some modicum of her reputation, secure her children's future, and at the same time, attempt to recoup the loses from financing WR failed Guinan mission.

    Thus, even as she eventually succeeds, as it turns out, both protagonists were very much just accidental heroes. So, as heroes' tales go, even Bess' later maneuvering to scratch out a living and to claw her way back into the good graces of royalty, was little more than a backhanded way of trying to erase the stench of her ignominious and sleazy fall from grace.

    A comeback at age eighty from royal treachery, does not quite a hero make? Taken altogether, Bess Throckmorton's confusing comeback was not much to crow about.

    Thus, setting aside the story of flawed parallel heroisms, the part of the story that did pique my interest was the pictureque subtext, the background of mid-Seventeenth-Century England: This high quality cross-confirming historical picture of just how debauched and truly wretched a place London was, is itself worth the price of the book. It confirms everything I have ever read about the England America's "so-called" Pilgrims fled from.

    With disease-producing garbage and rats filling the muddy streets, outbreaks of the plague still rampant, the bath and indoor toilets not yet invented, violence and crime ruling the streets, and everyone sick of something; a country involved in multiple wars all across Europe and the Americas, and everyone in power screwing, suing, lying or informing on, or stealing from, everyone else; people being legally "put to the rack," burned at the stake, be-headed, hanged, or sent to the Tower of London on the flimsiest of accusations: even Queen Elizabeth, the so-called virgin Queen, who was anything but, appeared as just another fancy royal Jezebel: a high-priced whore, as it were, using her power to reel-in and secure her favorite bedmates in exchange for granting royal prerogatives. London was the sleazeball capital of the universe.

    Unlike the author's flawed heroes, there is little doubt here that this unintentionally cross-confirming background, a picture of England common across the descriptions by most of the actors in this drama, draws unmistakable images of both the decadence of England's royalty, and the poverty and unruliness of England writ large. For re-confirming this picture, I am grateful to the author. Three stars

  • While the title sounds romantic, it's strictly business. It's taken from letter written by Bess Raleigh and it is fully characteristic of the style she used to obtain and re-obtain pensions, property, status and favors lost by the alleged treason of her husband.

    Bess has not been developed by other writers and biographers of this period, but she is definately worthy of more study. Beer portrays the young Bess as being aware of the value of a relationship with Raleigh and willing to take risks to be in his orbit; This is a cunning Bess who would have been aware of the consequences and potential benefits of consumating her flirtation with one of Queen Elizabeth's favorites. The late date of the marriage (well into the pregnancy) shows Raleigh's hesitancy to marry her and also signals her first negotiating success.

    While she had "won" a wealthy man, her status and luxurious life did not last long. She spent most of her married life working on recovering the losses resulting from Raleigh's alleged treason. Beer shows how Bess was very successful in a system that disinherits women and restricts their access to power.

    Since Bess has been covered as only a Queen's attendant and spouse, there was a lot of detective work for Beer. She is careful to show what is known and to point out the gaps in the record. New material continues to be found, perhaps more pieces to this puzzle will fall into place.

    I highly recommend this for readers of Tudor and Stewart years, as well as another biography by Beer: Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer, and Patriot