Elizabeth Talbot

(1527—1608) noblewoman

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(c. 1520–1608),

daughter and coheir of John Hardwick of Hardwick, Derbyshire. She is described as ‘a woman of a masculine understanding and conduct; proud, furious, selfish, and unfeeling’ (T. Lodge). To her care and to that of her husband, the 6th earl of Shrewsbury, Mary Queen of Scots was entrusted in 1569 at Tutbury. She married her daughter to Charles Stuart, younger brother of Darnley, and was imprisoned in the Tower in consequence. She built Chatsworth (not the present building) and Hardwick Hall.

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