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The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty:Hitspoker

Tracy Borman
Tracy Borman Published in October 16, 2018, 6:41 am
 The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty:Hitspoker

The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty:Hitspoker

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Mrs A Morris
Mrs A Morris Reply to on 11 March 2017
This has to be one of my absolute favourite Tudor books, really couldn't put it down. In fact read it in two days.
Full of excellent facts and descriptions that really bring the Tudors alive. It's written in such a wonderful manner that it just spills from the page.
Whether your a Tudor lover already or looking for a book to introduce you to their exquisite world this is the book to read 100%. Really can't recommend it enough! Wow!
mimday Reply to on 18 July 2017
I always tend to think that I know everything about the Tudors and there's never going to be anything new - that sounds really conceited doesn't it and that's not the aim. It's just that it's history that we're taught from a relatively young age and so it feels like common knowledge (Ok, we know about Henry VIII and his six wives but I guess that that's a start). I think that the reason I always enjoy Tudor history is that there's a large amount of social history that is the main core of history - back again to Henry VIII and his wives - and that interests me more than the wars. This book was just amazing Seemed very accurately sourced but really guided the reader through the time of personalities of the monarchs from Henry VIII through to the death of Elizabeth I and then the massive changes by new house of Stuart. It explained the whole 'show' that was the House of Tudor, the way they dressed (there were rules about who could wear certain colours of cloth to show importance), how long it took them to dress, smells, ablutions, moving around court, roles of people within court, number of people attending to each monarch, childbirth, the game of marriage and ageing and death. I just really enjoyed it. The writing was fluid and exciting and I felt that this was a real 'page turner' even though I knew the story if you see what I mean? The months and days leading up to the death of Elizabeth I I found really touching. After all the acting (dressing in appropriate ways, etc etc) she was an ageing woman, with no offspring and was, almost, ignored as the 'New Kid on the Block' was worshiped and their old lady was just left to fade away. Even the fat that her body was just cared for by her ladies whilst James I (VI) partied and got round to planning her funeral. Just little details like that made it very informative, exciting and a wonderful read.
ann coleman
ann coleman Reply to on 26 April 2017
An author who never fails to inform this is a scholarly read with many surprises. Many more Tracy Borman essays please from an author who really knows her stuff. Delightful and different.
Annie Mae
Annie Mae Reply to on 7 May 2017
It was unputdownable. I couldn't recommend this enough if you have an interest in the Tudors. Will be reading more of her works!
James Reply to on 25 August 2016
The Tudor dynasty only ruled over England for approximately one hundred and eighteen years, relatively small when compared to the Plantagenets or the Stuarts rule over Scotland. Yet even people with little interest in history are drawn to this period, largely thanks to Showtimes series 'The Tudors' (2007-2010) and countless Hollywood movies set during this era. But also because this period has something for everyone, including drama, battles, romance, politics, the list is endless. People just can't get enough of the story of Henry VIII and his six wives, or Elizabeth I and her endless suitors, not to mention that inspiring Tilbury speech.

In her latest book, Dr Tracy Borman takes on a new angle examining these fascinating people, by looking at the private lives of the Monarchs and their consorts, behind the closed doors in their sumptuous Palaces. A lot of the stereotypes labelled on these people, such as Henry VII being a boring old miser, Edward VI being a puppet King, Mary I a dried up spinster incapable of fun, etc, are debunked here with evidence stating the contrary. Readers will come away from this seeing many- if not all- of these people in a new light.

The book is not intended to be a biography, but more a glimpse into life at the Tudor court, everything from the clothing, diet and hobbies, are examined. Henry VII spending much money on rich clothing will be a revelation to many. As will the topic of what we still have today of items that belonged to each of the Monarchs and what they can tell us about them as people. My personal favourites were the mementos Elizabeth I kept of her mother Anne Boleyn, as well as the documents and letters Edward VI kept reffering to his mother Jane Seymour.

What is so special about this book is it succeeds to bringing to life the Tudors as real people. It is easy to read many history books and feel that they each come off as very one-dimensional. But here, we get as close to the real people as we can get. And they all come live more as having been real people, with real emotions. And that is all to Tracy Borman's credit.

It was also interesting to read more about the set up of meals at court, and the number of dishes brought out, and how someone's status would determine how many courses they would get. Other interesting topics include the discussion of clothes, and how they would determine someone's status and wealth, and the changing of the fashions over the period. Also of particular interest was the topic of the set up of the Private Apartments, how far people of certain status would get, and what the duties for the vast number of staff attending the Monarchs and their consorts consisted off.

Prepare to have the way you view these people challenged, as you read this book, as you learn more about the people behind the glittering crowns and jewels, and learn of their struggles to hold onto power, through image, and keep that mystique around the Monarchy, whilst also having the personal touch. The only downside is you will definitely wish the book went on for longer.

Even those who find most history books quite dry, will easily enjoy this, thanks to Tracy Borman's easy to read and engaging writing, while people who have read many history books will discover more. It is a book for everyone. A truly informative and thoroughly enjoyable read.
Grahwell80 Reply to on 30 June 2017
Hugely enjoying this book. The writing is vivid and pacy, and the author's eye for detail is fantastic. The Tudors are hardly an unexplored subject but Tracey Borman has found a new way into their story which is very compelling. Based upon this I would definitely investigate her other books.
Ms. K. Johnston
Ms. K. Johnston Reply to on 3 February 2018
This is a fascinating book and a must-read for anyone interested in the Tudor dynasty. Tracey Borman clearly relishes her subject and her style is very readable. There is lots to entertain/intrigue, particularly regarding Elizabeth I. She was a night owl and never retired before midnight: then her ladies in waiting had to undress her by unpinning her clothes/removing makeup which probably took another hour at least, so these poor women would have been utterly exhausted by the time THEY got to bed! Elizabeth also bathed at least once a month "whether she needed it or no", so very like her father in terms of personal fastidiousness. The book is a mine of information and I would thoroughly recommend it for all Tudor buffs.
vivi Reply to on 16 June 2017
I have read a great deal of Tudor history but this is the first book I have found to give you the "inside" workings of the Tudor court. Truly fascinating - I did not realise I had much more to learn on this subject but I was wrong - highly recommended.
Kindle Customer
Kindle Customer Reply to on 1 July 2017
What a fascinating book about the Tudors. I have read many about this period in history yet there were still facts I'd not read about before.
Kindle Customer
Kindle Customer Reply to on 30 August 2018
I enjoyed this, but didn't agree with the author's statement in the preface that Elizabeth was "passionately in love" with Essex. I'm sure she was extremely fond of him and did love him, he was the stepson of her favourite, Robert Dudley, and a relation of hers, being the great grandson of Mary Boleyn and possibly of Henry viii!
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