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    Tracy Borman(Author)
England's Tudor monarchs--Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I--are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship. But for all we know about Henry's quest for male heirs, or Elizabeth's purported virginity, the lives of the Tudor monarchs away from the public eye remain largely beyond our grasp, mostly not chronicled by previous historians.

In The Private Lives of the Tudors, acclaimed historian Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the stage of the court. Drawing on original material from those closest to them--courtiers like the "groom of the stool," a much-coveted position, surprisingly--Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail. What did the monarchs eat? What clothes did they wear, and how were they designed, bought, and cared for? How did they wield power? When sick, how were they treated? What games did they play? How did they practice their faith? And whom did they love, and how did they give birth to the all-important heirs?

Exploring their education, upbringing, sexual lives, and taking us into the kitchens, bathrooms, schoolrooms, and bedrooms at court, The Private Lives of the Tudors charts the course of the entire dynasty, surfacing new and fascinating insights into these celebrated figures.

International Praise for "The Private Lives of the Tudors"Borman approaches her topic with huge enthusiasm and a keen eye . . . All good fun. And there is plenty of it . . . Borman really succeeds when she uses her store of homely tidbits to recast our perceptions of Tudors we thought we knew . . . This is a very human story of a remarkable family, full of vignettes that sit long in the mind. "Sunday Times" (UK)Tracy Borman s eye for detail is impressive; the book is packed with fascinating courtly minutiae . . . [Borman is] a very good historian and this is a wonderful book. "Times" (UK)Like Alison Weir . . . Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us. "Guardian" Praise for "Thomas Cromwell"An intelligent, sympathetic, and well researched biography. "Wall Street Journal"Borman unravels the story of Cromwell s rise to power skillfully . . . If you want the inside story of Thomas Cromwell . . . this is the book for you. "Weekly Standard"Dr. Tracy Borman has crafted an exceptional and compelling biography about one of the Tudor age s most complex and controversial figures. With expert insights based on a wealth of research, and riveting detail, she has brought Thomas Cromwell to life as never before, and achieved a fair and balanced assessment of his character and his career. Above all, her book is a joy to reada remarkable tour de force by one of our most accomplished historians. Alison WeirExcellent . . . This deeply researched and grippingly written biography brings Cromwell to life, probing into his complex personality and exposes the Henrician court in all its brutal, glittering splendor. "Independent" (UK)Should be catnip to fans of Hilary Mantel's best-selling "Wolf Hall" novels about Cromwell. "USA Today"British historian Tracy Borman has unearthed previously unpublished evidence that casts a brighter light on one of the most ruthless of machiavellians in British history. "Guardian" (UK)An engrossing biography. . . . A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner s-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation. "Kirkus Reviews"An insightful biography of a much-maligned historical figure. "Booklist"Borman combines a mastery of historical detail with a fast-pace and an accessible style. She doesn t forget that she s dealing with human beings, with their fallibilities and petty motivations . . . As a psychological subject, Cromwell is as fascinating as the man he served. No wonder we all want to know more. "Independent" (UK)Tracy Borman tells us succinctly in 400 pages what we need to know about the man who rose to be the king s highest adviser. . . . [A] good book. "Times" (UK)[An] elegant historical biography. . . . [Borman s] prose, as ever, glides beautifully along. "Sunday Times" (UK)A highly readable account. "Financial Times" (UK)Tracy Borman recounts persuasively and engagingly the tale of the meteoric rise of this complex commoner to the highest offices and dominant influence at the court of Henry and his just as meteoric fall from grace and execution. "America Magazine""Advance Praise for The Private Lives of the TudorsAmusing [and] well-researched . . . [An] entertaining mixture of esoteric social history and well-known details of the persona lives of the Tudor monarchs. Kirkus Reviews[A] fascinating, detailed account . . . Borman ranges far and wide in her quest to throw light on what the Tudor kings and queens ate, what they wore, what they did with their days and how they spent their nights . . . This is a book of rich scholarship. Tracy Borman . . . knows her Tudor history inside out. Daily Mail (UK)Borman approaches her topic with huge enthusiasm and a keen eye . . . All good fun. And there is plenty of it . . . Borman really succeeds when she uses her store of homely tidbits to recast our perceptions of Tudors we thought we knew . . . This is a very human story of a remarkable family, full of vignettes that sit long in the mind. Sunday Times (UK)Tracy Borman s eye for detail is impressive; the book is packed with fascinating courtly minutiae . . . [Borman is] a very good historian and this is a wonderful book. Times (UK)Like Alison Weir . . . Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us. Guardian (UK) Praise for Thomas CromwellAn intelligent, sympathetic, and well researched biography. Wall Street JournalBorman unravels the story of Cromwell s rise to power skillfully . . . If you want the inside story of Thomas Cromwell . . . this is the book for you. Weekly StandardDr. Tracy Borman has crafted an exceptional and compelling biography about one of the Tudor age s most complex and controversial figures. With expert insights based on a wealth of research, and riveting detail, she has brought Thomas Cromwell to life as never before, and achieved a fair and balanced assessment of his character and his career. Above all, her book is a joy to reada remarkable tour de force by one of our most accomplished historians. Alison WeirExcellent . . . This deeply researched and grippingly written biography brings Cromwell to life, probing into his complex personality and exposes the Henrician court in all its brutal, glittering splendor. Independent (UK)Should be catnip to fans of Hilary Mantel's best-selling Wolf Hall novels about Cromwell. USA TodayBritish historian Tracy Borman has unearthed previously unpublished evidence that casts a brighter light on one of the most ruthless of machiavellians in British history. Guardian (UK)An engrossing biography. . . . A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner s-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation. Kirkus ReviewsAn insightful biography of a much-maligned historical figure. BooklistBorman combines a mastery of historical detail with a fast-pace and an accessible style. She doesn t forget that she s dealing with human beings, with their fallibilities and petty motivations . . . As a psychological subject, Cromwell is as fascinating as the man he served. No wonder we all want to know more. Independent (UK)Tracy Borman tells us succinctly in 400 pages what we need to know about the man who rose to be the king s highest adviser. . . . [A] good book. Times (UK)[An] elegant historical biography. . . . [Borman s] prose, as ever, glides beautifully along. Sunday Times (UK)A highly readable account. Financial Times (UK)Tracy Borman recounts persuasively and engagingly the tale of the meteoric rise of this complex commoner to the highest offices and dominant influence at the court of Henry and his just as meteoric fall from grace and execution. America Magazine"Praise for The Private Lives of the Tudors

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  • PDF | 448 pages
  • Tracy Borman(Author)
  • Grove Press (13 Dec. 2016)
  • English
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  • By mimday 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.

  • By ann coleman 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.

  • By Annie Mae 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!

  • By Grahwell80 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.

  • By vivi 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.

  • By Angela McNiven on 25 June 2017

    An absolutely brilliant account of Tudor life and so very accessibly written. I enjoyed it thoroughly as indeed the life of Thomas Cromwell which I have just re-read. Ms Borman gives a vivid and empathetic insight into this most complex of our historical figures.

  • By Kindle Customer 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.

  • By Mari G. on 16 June 2017

    This meticulously researched book is technically a work of non-fiction and yet it is as compelling as any novel! Fascinating fact after fascinating fact keeps the reader turning the pages and it is surely a "must have" book for anyone who is interested in this colourful period in history.

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