Having just visited Bolsover Castle,(A wonderfully evocative place with a superb guide book written by Lucy Worsley.) I was very keen to read Ms Worsley's book. Having been captivated by the castle, I wanted to know much more about the man, William Cavendish, grandson of Bess of Hardwick, who created, and lived at this astonishingly beautiful and romantic place.
Ms Worsley has written a brilliant biography of not just the man, but of the houses he inhabited with his household, and of his trials and tribulations. Ms Worsley manages to bring William Cavendish vividly to life with frequent quotations from his letters and poetry.(Is there a book of his poetry?)As if this was not enough Ms Worsley also manages to inform and educate about the period, which is at times amusing and at ohers sad. I smiled, I laughed, I even shed a tear. One review I read said "The intriguing personality of the man.......glimmers, flickers-but never quite glows into life." For me William Cavendish did not glimmer, flicker,or glow he positively burned brightly. For anyone interested in the Cavendish dynasty or history. I commend Ms Worsley's book whole heartedly. I would be astonished if you were disappointed.