- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (January 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631492535
- ISBN-13: 978-1631492532
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,220 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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“Immersive, engrossing…a reminder that while we believe we see the past from a detached, enlightened perspective, our view is often blinkered, and so is our notion of what constitutes human needs and nature.… The revelatory truth behind the sumptuous gowns and palaces of Wolf Hall isn’t how badly those kings and princesses smelled but just how hard everyone else was working in the rest of their world.”
- Laura Miller, Salon
“[Goodman’s] enthusiasm is exhilarating and contagious.”
- Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
“[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
“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.