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Elizabeth (Bess), Countess of Shrewsbury (c.1525–1608); she and her fourth husband, George Talbot, "hosted" Mary, Queen of Scots for many years of her captivity in England. Bess was also grandmother to Arbella Stuart, whom many considered heiress to Elizabeth I through their common ancestor, Henry VII

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A charming portrait of Arbella Stuart with her many pets. Arbella was Bess, Countess of Shrewsbury's grandchild and ward. Bess hoped that Queen Elizabeth I would name her Stuart/Tudor relation Arbella as her successor.

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Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland One of the World's finest houses - Mount Stuart, ancestral home of the Marquess of Bute, is a stupendous example of Victorian Gothic architecture set amidst 300 acres of gloriously landscaped gardens. Spectacular interiors include the stunning White Marble Chapel and magnificent Marble Hall complete with kaleidoscopic stained glass.

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"Caution: The media is NOT a reflection of reality." ...Not even if it proclaims itself to be in a "no-spin zone." Follow this link to explore what Stuart Hall meant by the politics of representation: http://www.thesociologicalcinema.com/videos/neil-degrasse-tyson-and-the-politics-of-representation

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Tom Stuart-Smith: Cheshire garden, Echinacea, Selinum wallichianum syn. Selinum tenuifolium, Calamagrostis brachytricha, Rudbeckia maxima, Eupatorium purpureum 'Riesenschirm' ,via tomstuartsmith.co.uk

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Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury by Rowland Lockley, 1592. (Hardwick Hall) Sometime keeper to the captive Mary, Queen of Scots. An accomplished needlewoman, Bess "hosted" Mary at Chatsworth House for extended periods during Mary's captivity in 1569, 1570, and 1571, during which time they worked together on the Oxburgh Hangings.

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