For Her Good Estate
The Life of Elizabeth de Burgh, Lady of Clare
Frances A. Underhill
- A revised, updated version of the enchanting biography of Elizabeth de Burgh, Lady of Clare, originally published in Britain and America in 1999.
- Contains beautiful new illustrations and additional material.
- Elizabeth de Burgh was an unusual medieval woman that lived a fascinating, varied life – she promoted education and managed her own property, while also living in piety in her various dwellings in East Anglia, London, Wales and Ireland – all of which are shrewdly captured in this new title.
Elizabeth de Burgh was that unusual medieval woman, one who, after being widowed three times, held firmly on to her own property and managed it for her own and her family’s benefit. The granddaughter of King Edward I, she lived during the turbulent reign of her uncle, Edward II, and survived to old age during the more settled times in the mid-fourteenth century when his son, Edward III, was on the throne. She was shrewd in her business dealings, cultivated men and women who would support and help her as both colleagues and friends, and lived a pious life in her various dwellings in East Anglia, London, Wales and Ireland. She was unusual for the time in seeking to promote education, and as a result her name lives on today in her most prestigious foundation, Clare College, Cambridge.
This book is a reprint with additional material and new illustrations of the original biography published both in Britain and America in 1999.