survive the hazards of these poUtical tides and shoals, the Buccleuch women, whist c o m m e n d e d for their wit and courage, were tough, combative, crafty and cold, caring, it would seem, Uttle for anyone, even their children, except as potential p a w n s in the great game. Lee's description of Anna's life as a virtuous and neglected wife, with Uttle interest in poUtics at a dissolute court full of self-interested intrigue, is chilling. Nevertheless, she remained most of her Ufe in London and frequently at court. She Uved to be an autocratic and intransigent old lady, jealous of her independence and authority, unwiUing to hand over the reins of power to anyone. W h o , perhaps, can blame her? This is a narrative history. S o m e of the generaUsations about farruly and poUtics which Lee has borrowed to provide his story with a suitable background and context are doubtful and jarring. His attempts to m a k e the acount a microcosmic Ulustration of the wider scene are not particularly convincing. Nevertheless, the story is well and clearly told in a style designed not only for the
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 1998
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