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How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life


How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life

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    Available in PDF Format | How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life.pdf | English
    Ruth Goodman(Author)

The real Wolf Hall - a time traveller's guide to daily life in Tudor England

The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times - most notably in the court of Henry VIII - what was life really like for a commoner like you or me?

To answer this question, the renowned "method historian" and historical advisor to the BBC Ruth Goodman has slept, washed and cooked as the Tudors did - so you don't have to! She is your expert guide to this fascinating era, drawing on years of practical historical study to show how our ancestors coped with everyday life, from how they slept to how they courted.

Using a vast range of sources, she takes you back to the time when soot was used as toothpaste and the "upper crust" of bread was served to the wealthier members of the house. Exploring how the Tudors learnt, danced and even sat and stood according to the latest fashion, she reveals what it all felt, smelt and tasted like, from morning until night.

'Ruth is the queen of living history, long may she reign!' - Lucy Worsley

Most historians simply research the past; she lives it ... she's experienced almost every activity she describes. This book is packed with delicious kernels of knowledge ... all served up by the most delightfully eccentric author I've ever encountered. Seldom have I had so much fun reading history. Seldom have I learnt so much. (Gerard DeGroot The Times)Always entertaining, and her narrative is often lifted by the fact that she has taken the trouble to experience many of the alien aspects of Tudor life ... This imbues the book with a palpable sense of the texture of our ancestors' day-to-day lives (Observer)Riveting. This is a real "people's history" that takes us straight into the sensate feelings of ordinary life -- the feel, touch, smells, and labour of people living five centuries ago, giving an earthy reality to our enduring fascination with the Tudors (Juliet Gardiner)A deeply researched and endlessly fascinating account of what it was like to live as a Tudor.The narrative is rich in period detail and based upon a thorough review of the contemporary sources, but what makes it unique is the fact that Goodman has put it all into practice - sleeping, eating, washing and dressing like a Tudor.As a result, How To Be a Tudor is one of very few books which can justifiably claim to bring every aspect of this enduringly popular period dazzlingly to life. (Tracy Borman, author of 'Thomas Cromwell: The untold story of Henry VIII’s most faithful servant')Ruth is the queen of living history, long may she reign! (Lucy Worsley)Fascinating immersive history (New York Times)Leisure activities like dancing, gambling, and trips to the bear-baiting arena are brought to life by imaginative readings of primary sources... Common wisdom on everything from the healthiest sleeping position (on the right) to how to conceive a male child (by tying a ribbon around the left testicle) rounds out this engaging, erudite guide (New Yorker)Goodman's latest foray into immersive history is a revelation ... It's the next best thing to being there (Sarah Ferguson New York Times Book Review)Her enthusiasm is exhilarating and contagious; her writing is clear and clean, sharply observant of tactile details and what they reveal about 16th-century life (Boston Globe)Engagingly written and awash in the practicalities of life in the age, it presents a vivid, fascinating era of British history and reminds us that we're never as far from the past as we like to think (Genevieve Valentine NPR)Immersive, engrossing (Laura Miller Slate)Written with such passion . . . will fascinate and inform anyone who is interested in Victorian ways of life (Dr Ian Mortimer, author of 'The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England' on 'How to Be a Victorian')If we ever have a female Doctor Who, I shall forward Ruth Goodman's name for consideration, not least because the historian has already done so much time travelling (The Times)Wonderful, informative, startling . . . Goodman's unique selling proposition as a historian is that she walks the walk of her time period, even when that walk involves hard labor in a corset and a hoop skirt (New York Times (on 'How to be a Victorian'))Must-read! (Daily Mail)Goodman's passion for her subject... comes across loud and clear (Yorkshire Post)

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Ruth Goodman(Author)
  • Penguin (7 July 2016)
  • English
  • 9
  • History
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  • By Simon Binning on 10 May 2016

    Ruth Goodman is what I would call an experimental historian, familiar to many from the TV series she has appeared in. This book is exactly what the title suggests; she takes us through a day in Tudor life, from dawn to dusk, detailing life for various Tudor people - rich or poor, male or female. There is a huge amount of detail here; the author has spent a large part of her life doing or recreating many of the things she describes, and that expertise really is what makes the book. Some of the processes described are fascinating - and sometimes surprising - and the length of time that people had to take doing the simplest tasks for their own survival is a real eye-opener. Despite this, the book is always very readable, and the structure works really well. If you have always fancied living in Tudor or Elizabethan times, reading this is a must; you may not be quite so keen by the end!

  • By rogerdownes on 1 February 2017

    There are a few chapters that I enjoyed, but I must admit other chapters were a bit of a struggle to get through. Must say that the author really does have a great knowledge and many Tudor ways of life she has experienced herself.

  • By bepo on 26 June 2017

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and keep dipping into it again and again. A real insight as to how it felt living in Victorian times. The book gives such a lot of detail and information about every aspect of life and daily activities. It feels like I'm going back in time!

  • By RJH on 16 May 2017

    Well written and full of fascinating facts about everyday Tudor life (so much more interesting than accounts of scheming Tudor politicians and nobles).

  • By miffy on 26 December 2015

    Enjoyed this book, but didn't grip me like some.

  • By MRS R BETHELL on 18 June 2017

    Easy read, well written and informative.

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  • By flotta on 17 May 2017

    interesting and informative, loved it

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