The story of Lady Anne Clifford is one of feminine victory in a man's world, the men including King James I, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and two husbands: the Earl of Dorset, gambler, womaniser and waster, and the Earl of Pembroke, also gambler, womaniser etc. Lady Anne was the third child of George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, Elizabeth I's Royal Champion. Henry VIII was Anne's great-great uncle. From the age of ten, Anne was a highly regarded figure at Elizabeth's Court. Her two brothers died in infancy, leaving her sole heiress, but when father died in 1605 his illegal will left all to his younger brother. Lady Anne (aged 15) objected to the will and, rightfully, claimed the estates herself. Kings, archbishops and husbands spent years trying to persuade her that she, a mere female, should think of the greater good of society as God and men had ordered it, give up her claim, and let the men have what was properly theirs. By shrewd moves, sheer determination and faith, Lady Anne outlasted and defeated the lot of them, restored her castles and became the grande dame of the north.
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16 April 2020
Author's Note; 1 Mother and Father; 2 To be a Clifford; 3 The Highs and Lows of Youth; 4 A Death and a Match; 5 Talk of Suitors, and a Journey North; 6 Another Suitor, a Masque, and a Match; 7 Married Life, with Disagreements and Childbirth; 8 Persecution and Defiance; 9 Torture, Death, Tricks, and a Small Victory; 10 A Northern Interlude; 11 The Greatest Challenge Yet; 12 The Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery; Obituary.
Gordon Thorburn has had more than thirty books published, mostly non-fiction. Best sellers have included 'Men and Sheds'; 'Cassius', the biography of an exceptional police dog; and 'Luck of a Lancaster,' the story of a World War Two bomber that flew 107 operations. Subjects of other biographies, histories and ghosted autobiographies have been TV presenters, an undercover investigator, World War Two soldiers and airmen, an RSPCA inspector, the British High Street, a police horse and the British pub. Awards have been London BISFA 'Best Scriptwriter', Los Angeles ITVA 'Golden Reel', and Lakeland Book of the Year. Gordon sadly died before this book was published.