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Patricia Greene on Bess of Hardwick

Episode 4 of 9

Patricia Greene defends Bess of Hardwick. Some called her a 'cold hearted shrew' because she became rich by marrying four times. Will presenter Matthew Parris be convinced?

Patricia Greene, the actress who plays Jill Archer, makes the case for Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, or Bess of Hardwick as she's more commonly known. Like her heroine, Patricia was born in Derby and was aware of the nearby grand stately home Hardwick Hall. 'More glass than wall' was the local saying; as the key feature of this 1590s house was the exuberant use of this rare material. Only recently did she discover that the initials 'ES', which are blatantly carved on the turrets, stood for a woman - Elizabeth Shrewsbury.

And so began Patricia Greene's admiration and obsession. Who was this woman born in Tudor times, when women had few if any rights at all? Bess ended up becoming the richest woman in the land after Queen Elizabeth I, but she was portrayed by some as a 'cold hearted shrew' who only became rich by marrying four husbands, Patricia's job is to defend her hero. The expert witness is Dr Nigel Wright, the House & Collections Manager with National Trust at Hardwick Estate.

The presenter is Matthew Parris and the producer is Perminder Khatkar .

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Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest Patricia Greene
Interviewed Guest Nigel Wright
Producer Perminder Khatkar


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