Bess Ralegh was the hidden force behind Sir Walter Ralegh's spectacular public achievements, the stable point in his turbulent private life and the shrewd creator of his reputation after his death. But she was more than a foil to the man who symbolises the Elizabethan world. With her trademark independence, she resisted early marriage then embraced a passionate and illicit liaison with Ralegh. Despite having no rights as a woman, she prospered - twice rebuilding a fortune from nothing - and her remarkable emotional strength ...

BESS 2005, Robinson Publishing, London

ISBN-13: 9781845290627