- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (February 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631491393
- ISBN-13: 978-1631491399
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life 1st Edition
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- Laura Miller, Slate
“[Goodman's] enthusiasm is exhilarating and contagious; her writing is clear and clean, sharply observant of tactile details and what they reveal about 16th-century life…Goodman approaches a plainspoken lyricism, a prosaic celebration of her ancestors and the world they made.”
- Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
“Engagingly written and awash in the practicalities of life in the age, [How to Be a Tudor] 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.org
“Goodman’s latest foray into immersive history is a revelation…This fascinating book shows us commoners at their patriotic Sunday afternoon archery practice and Henry VIII playing tennis in a crimson satin doublet, with evening prayers for all. It’s the next best thing to being there.”
- Sarah Ferguson, New York Times Book Review
“An intimate look inside the 16th-century household. In this natural follow-up to How to Be a Victorian (2014), historian Goodman mines advice manuals, poems, letters, Shakespeare's plays, and even cookbooks to etch in captivating detail a portrait of life in Tudor and Elizabethan England…. Fresh and illuminating history.”
- Kirkus Reviews
“Ruth is the queen of living history, long may she reign!”
- Lucy Worsley, author of The Art of the English Murder
“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
About the Author
Ruth Goodman is the author of How to Be a Victorian. An historian of British social and domestic life, she has presented a number of BBC television series, including Tudor Monastery Farm. She served as a historical advisor on the BBC’s miniseries Wolf Hall. She lives in England.
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At first, seeing that Ms. Goodman is a TV performer, I thought this might be lightweight, and not really believable.
But she not only lived the Tudor life, but also spent the time to work with academic researchers - - and even read original source material herself. It makes her analyses much more credible than if she had done just one or the other.