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ISBN: 0060762888
Author: Lita-Rose Betcherman
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow (October 4, 2005)
Pages: 400
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 333
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Her sister, Dorothy, Countess of Leicester-wife of a diplomat and an ancestor of Princess Diana-managed .

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.

Author(s): Lita-Rose Betcherman. Court Lady And Country Wife (Paperback). ISBN: 0060762896 (ISBN13: 9780060762896). Published October 24th 2006 by Harper Perennial. Author(s): Lita-Rose Betcherman. ISBN: 0006394604 (ISBN13: 9780006394600).

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This early ancestor of Princess Diana's family was also a shrewish wife who bossed her mate for more than thirty-seven years before he rebelled publicly, causing a scandal. The lives of two dazzling aristocratic sisters, Lucy and Dorothy Percy, present a perfect window into the world of political unrest and social intrigue in seventeenth-century English society.

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Court Lady and Country Wife : Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England. by Lita-Rose Betcherman. 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 interesed in social history, women's history, 17th century British history, or any combination.

Two years later, her mother married secondly and in secret, Queen Elizabeth's favourite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester . Court Lady and Country Wife: Two Noble Sisters in Seventeenth-Century England. Brenan, Gerald (1902).

Two years later, her mother married secondly and in secret, Queen Elizabeth's favourite Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, thus earning the wrath of the queen, who promptly banished her from court. The marriage produced one son Robert, Baron Denbigh who was born in 1581. The boy died at the age of three. In 1589, eleven months after Leicester's death, Dorothy acquired another stepfather, Sir Christopher Blount, who was thirteen years younger than her mother.

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The lives of two dazzling aristocratic sisters, Lucy and Dorothy Percy, present a perfect window into the world of political unrest and social intrigue in seventeenth-century English society. The sisters' breeding, beauty, and cunning made them among the most influential women of their time.

Born during the reign of Elizabeth I, the Percy sisters came to prominence at the court of Charles I in the 1630s. Lucy, the Countess of Carlisle -- the "court lady" -- dominated the royal scene thanks to her position at the center of power. Her beauty, captured in magnificent Van Dyck portraits, and her political skills attracted prominent lovers, and her charm and talent as a gossiper ensured her inclusion in the queen's inner circle. Then her machinations during the English Civil War led to her imprisonment in the Tower of London.

Her sister, Dorothy, Countess of Leicester -- the "country wife" -- had twelve surviving children and managed the family estates while her husband traveled abroad or immersed himself in books. She was brilliant as a diplomat's wife, with a keen eye and special purview of European politics. This early ancestor of Princess Diana's family was also a shrewish wife who bossed her mate for more than thirty-seven years before he rebelled publicly, causing a scandal.

In Court Lady and Country Wife, Lita-Rose Betcherman shines a spotlight on the position of upper-class women in seventeenth-century Britain and illuminates the major events and figures of a grand and turbulent era.

Comments:

Runeshaper
--good book in good condition
ALAN
I had to choose a biography for my history college class. She gave us a list of people and books to look at and this was one of them. I would not read this book on my own but having to do it for a class, it's not that bad. I find it hard to look at as a biography but my teacher swears it is. I give the book a 7 out of 10. Its not what I usually read.
Kazracage
While reading this book, I made a few notes on my computer. Rather than making a clumsy attempt to turn them into a smooth essay, I'll give my notes to the world in the following short blurbs:

1) The author used the story of two prominent sisters born into seventeenth-century nobility as a frame on which to hang a description of English life, court intrigue, and national politics.

2) I was surprised to learn that King James, the king who commissioned the King James Bible, was openly bi-sexual, and his queen consulted a medium on at least one occasion. (As a Christian, I find this significant.)

3) Women had no real legal or property rights, but some women, such as Lucy Percy, could exert great influence in court and in national politics by the force of their personality.

4) For me, this book highlights the drawbacks of rule of man rather than rule of law. King James wisely kept the peace to promote commerce and prosperity, but King Charles I arbitrarily went to war against the Spanish, French, and Scots for what were virtually personal or religious reasons.

5) In recent days, the Iranians have been marching in the streets and shouting "Death to the tyrant" in reference to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameni, so I was quick to note the similarity when I read that the English people were saying (probably behind closed doors) "Death to the tyrant" in reference to England's Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell, when they grew tired of his dreary, repressive, Puritan government. (This time in English history and modern Iran are good examples of why there should be a wall between church and state despite what my fellow Christians might say regarding that wall.)

6) I've learned more about the English Civil Wars than I ever knew before. Very interesting.
Ghordana
This was a wonderful book that highlighted yet another tumultuous time period in English history. The author did a great drop researching her subjects but never did I feel I was just reading a tedious recounting of historical facts. She did a very good job portraying these girls/women's personalities as they were recorded in history and capturing the captivating essence of Lucy Percy.

As the daughters of the "Wizard Earl", or Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland, one would think they would cower under a man's presence and be the 'seen, not heard' type of woman men tended to gravitate towards for wives. However, with the Earl's incarceration in the Tower for the majority of their formative years, the girls blossomed into strong, independent and free-thinking women who became determined to make their own decisions. Dorothy Percy would become the Duchess of Leicester and produce twelve (!) children while her sister Lucy would marry Lord Hay, Duke of Carlisle and would play important roles during the fall of the monarchy under Charles I of England.

If there ever was a family that had their finger in every seditious pie, was irascible and over-proud, thy name be Percy. That family had had a long history of being on the wrong side of things and thinking themselves kings of their lands in the far north of England, a tradition that Lucy carried on with pride. They might not have made their father proud, but what great, exciting lives they led.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a bit of excitement and verve in English history between the death of Elizabeth I and the rise of the Commonwealth under Cromwell and a woman's role during that time.
fetish
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 interesed 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.
Buzatus
This tale of two sisters in the Baroque Court brought me back to my 11th grade history class. A chronic truant, it was one of the few classes I considered it worth my while to attend because it was the first time I learned that history was a panoramic drama to rival anything I could find in books or teenage gossip. Similarly, the lives of Lucy Percy, the Countess of Carlisle, and her sister, Dorothy, a mother of twelve in the Leicester countryside, is both a page-turning story and a unique perspective on the English Civil War.
zmejka
This book was very good and although I cannot say I devoured it, I certainly had trouble putting it down. It was eye opening in the way that many modern readers may find their ideas of life and marriage in the seventeenth century shaken up a bit. It is amazing to see just how influential these women could be in their own circles.

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