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

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

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    Tracy Borman(Author)

'Borman approaches her topic with huge enthusiasm and a keen eye for entertaining...this is a very human story of a remarkable family, full of vignettes that sit long in the mind.' Dan Jones, The Sunday Times

'Tracy Borman's eye for detail is impressive; the book is packed with fascinating courtly minutiae... this is a wonderful book.' The Times

'Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us.' The Observer

'Fascinating, detailed account of the everyday reality of the royals... This is a book of rich scholarship.' Daily Mail

'Tracy Borman's passion for the Tudor period shines forth from the pages of this fascinatingly detailed book, which vividly illuminates what went on behind the scenes at the Tudor court.' Alison Weir

'I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.' Elizabeth I

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed.

These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior. They saw the tears shed by Henry VII upon the death of his son Arthur. They knew the tragic secret behind 'Bloody' Mary's phantom pregnancies. And they saw the 'crooked carcass' beneath Elizabeth I's carefully applied makeup, gowns and accessories.

It is the accounts of these eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources that historian Tracy Borman has examined more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, and in the same way that she brilliantly illuminated the real Thomas Cromwell - The Private Life of the Tudors will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.

Borman approaches her topic with huge enthusiasm and a keen eye for entertaining...this is a very human story of a remarkable family, full of vignettes that sit long in the mind. (Dan Jones The Sunday Times)Tracy Borman's eye for detail is impressive; the book is packed with fascinating courtly minutiae... this is a wonderful book. (The Times)Borman is an authoritative and engaging writer, good at prising out those humanising details that make the past alive to us. (The Observer)A riveting behind-the-scenes re-creation of court life. (The Bookseller)A rich and intimate portrait. (Stylist)The glittering, jewel-encrusted private world of Britain's five Tudor monarchs is gloriously brought to life here. (The Scotsman)Fascinating, detailed account of the everyday reality of the royals... This is a book of rich scholarship. Tracy Borman is a chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces and she knows her Tudor history inside out. (Daily Mail)Tracy Borman's passion for the Tudor period shines forth from the pages of this fascinatingly detailed book, which vividly illuminates what went on behind the scenes at the Tudor court. Reading it is as good as looking through a keyhole, because it keeps its focus on the personal and private lives of the ever-intriguing Tudors, revealing their most intimate moments and even their poignant vulnerability - a far cry from the public images we have of them. (Alison Weir)For Borman, the intimate particulars of everyday life are what help the past come bracingly, stirringly alive. Her full-quivered social history of the Tudor monarchs furnishes readers with a 'Hey, did you know...?' on almost every page...Social history lives and dies in the integrity of its details, and this authoritative work teems with well-sourced material. (New York Times)Borman's book is a winner. (The Express)

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  • PDF | 464 pages
  • Tracy Borman(Author)
  • Hodder Paperbacks (9 Mar. 2017)
  • English
  • 9
  • History
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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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