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The Private Lives of the Tudors This was truly the saddest project I ve read in years What was I thinking indulging in a book about Tudor Private Lives Just for the record, anyone today has the basic historical knowledge of the Tudors whom Tracy Borman has acknowledged here Henry VII, Queen Katherine, Henry VIII, Queen Anne, Queen Mary, Prince Edward and Queen Elizabeth a basic knowledge that Borman has briefly reviewed, but if you are anticipating any new scandalous tidbits that might have been hidden in the last 500 This was truly the saddest project I ve read in years What was I thinking indulging in a book about Tudor Private Lives Just for the record, anyone today has the basic historical knowledge of the Tudors whom Tracy Borman has acknowledged here Henry VII, Queen Katherine, Henry VIII, Queen Anne, Queen Mary, Prince Edward and Queen Elizabeth a basic knowledge that Borman has briefly reviewed, but if you are anticipating any new scandalous tidbits that might have been hidden in the last 500 years behind the stone walls of their castle, you will be sorely disappointed If, however, you feel that the perfumed over techniques to dampen the royal reeks from lack of personal hygiene,or the impacted bowel problems stemming from hundreds of pounds of meat ingested in a day by a king and his entourage, or the elaborate garments of cloth of gold, purple velvet, and brocade a vain monarch might change into several times in a day are pertinent or relevant historically, then perhaps this book of discarded trivia clippings might interest you This was a simply fascinating compilation of facts about the Tudors beginning with Henry VII and ending with Elizabeth I What made it so interesting was that the information was really what they spent, where they went, what they wore, what they ate, and who received gifts I am not exactly sure how inventories, accounting statements and shopping lists could be compelling but the author worked some magic and it was I guess it was something like Tudor Cribs But there is all sorts of fascinati This was a simply fascinating compilation of facts about the Tudors beginning with Henry VII and ending with Elizabeth I What made it so interesting was that the information was really what they spent, where they went, what they wore, what they ate, and who received gifts I am not exactly sure how inventories, accounting statements and shopping lists could be compelling but the author worked some magic and it was I guess it was something like Tudor Cribs But there is all sorts of fascinating details like what went into a Tudor era royal bed who all their hangers on were and why How to get good medical care when saying that the Monarch was dying was treason What I especially appreciated was that this is the kind of book I could dip in and out of on my own terms Tracy Borman s The Private Lives of the Tudors is a rich history that slips behind the privacy of the throne and describes the Tudor monarchy in luscious detail Colorful and filled with interesting facts, each member of the dynasty is highlighted from the choice of clothing to personalities, behaviors, eating habits, finances, even down to the people serving them No stone is left unturned in this well researched book and every aspect of Tudor lives is examined and explained Religious practice Tracy Borman s The Private Lives of the Tudors is a rich history that slips behind the privacy of the throne and describes the Tudor monarchy in luscious detail Colorful and filled with interesting facts, each member of the dynasty is highlighted from the choice of clothing to personalities, behaviors, eating habits, finances, even down to the people serving them No stone is left unturned in this well researched book and every aspect of Tudor lives is examined and explained Religious practices, both the marriage and the birthing bed, education, each facet of their existence down to the extravagant cost of the fabric for the clothes they wore Fascinating, opulent, and eloquently written, this is a wonderful window into the world of a turbulent and impressive dynasty that shaped an era Even if the Tudors are one British royal family, I already knew a lot about before picking up this book, this was a super fun read for me I ve always been a bit of a history buff so this was perfect for me It s amazing how much of my knowledge of the Tudors has in recent years been muddled by popular culture depictions of them this book reinforced how much poetic licence is taken by for example Hollywood when it comes to the films, televised biographies focusing on the Tudors.I thought ther Even if the Tudors are one British royal family, I already knew a lot about before picking up this book, this was a super fun read for me I ve always been a bit of a history buff so this was perfect for me It s amazing how much of my knowledge of the Tudors has in recent years been muddled by popular culture depictions of them this book reinforced how much poetic licence is taken by for example Hollywood when it comes to the films, televised biographies focusing on the Tudors.I thought there would be a lot of realities of women s lives even within the Royal household and society that I would despise, and there were, but I must say in some ways I was delightfully surprised For example Given the vital importance of producing an heir, Henry may have bedded Elizabeth early because he believed she would belikely to conceive then than on the wedding day itself According to late fifteenth century wisdom, a woman must reach orgasm in order to conceive She would then emit a seed to mix with that of her partner This view was still pervasive in the seventeenth century, when the influential herbalist Nicholas Culpeper advised that a woman would probably fail to fall pregnant if there was very little or no pleasure in the act of copulation Ok we know it s not true, but what a fabulous idea to be reinforced disseminated, shame about the hard line puritan ethics that manifest in later generations in order to constrain good women s sexuality The author has an engaging writing style and I really found myself happily absorbed, that being said there were a handful of pages where my attention waned, and some skim reading did occur there s only so much I can and want to read, when it comes to descriptions of the King s and a Queen s wardrobe and diet It was interesting to read about the different daily affairs of the time, such as their hygiene rituals, daily habits, food, clothing, etc I also enjoyed learning about how the royal babies were born I am not sure if this book really flowed for me though It read like a textbook instead of a historical nonfiction It had a lot of really good information, it just felt dry I wouldn t tell you not to read it, but maybe just in small doses over time, This book takes a different approach to the history of the Tudors Instead of focusing on the complicated politics of the era, it takesof a summary approach to each monarch Along the way, tidbits of daily life are described, so that you end up with a better idea of what Henry VIII s wardrobe looked like that how he ruled.For those who have already read plenty about how these monarchs ruled, this might be a fun read However, if you have already learned a fair amount about them, there is n This book takes a different approach to the history of the Tudors Instead of focusing on the complicated politics of the era, it takesof a summary approach to each monarch Along the way, tidbits of daily life are described, so that you end up with a better idea of what Henry VIII s wardrobe looked like that how he ruled.For those who have already read plenty about how these monarchs ruled, this might be a fun read However, if you have already learned a fair amount about them, there is not much new here The question really comes down to what you are looking for If you wish to learn some fun Tudor trivia without reading a dozen biographies, this is right up your alley If you have already read those dozen biographies, this is not going to enlighten you.As with most Tudor studies, Mary is almost completely overlooked in favor of her sister She always seems to be lumped in with Edward, despite the fact that she livedthan twice as long as he did and has a spectacular story Ah well, most are eager to get to Elizabeth, so they will be happy to discover that approximately 1 3 of the book is dedicated to her.I received this book through NetGalley I am no historian by any stretch of the imagination, but I did enjoy this book I have always had an interest in the royal families of England, and this book fed that interest The photos were also a nice addition While there was nothing earth shattering that I learned, I did learn a few interesting tidbits, such as the groom of the stool It is exactly what you d think it would be, but also SO muchThe groom of the stool handledthan just, er, the bodily functions He also was the I am no historian by any stretch of the imagination, but I did enjoy this book I have always had an interest in the royal families of England, and this book fed that interest The photos were also a nice addition While there was nothing earth shattering that I learned, I did learn a few interesting tidbits, such as the groom of the stool It is exactly what you d think it would be, but also SO muchThe groom of the stool handledthan just, er, the bodily functions He also was the person most trusted in the royal domain Also, the original 007 was really NOT James Bond This was an ARC from NetGalley that I was happy to be able to review This book also managed to tick off the box of my LitsyReadingChallege2017 for a subject matter that takes place over 150 years ago I do not live in a corner A thousand eyes see all I do Elizabeth IThe 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 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 ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Poltergeist (Greywalker, Author Kat Richardson – 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thinking about the const There was much to enjoy here but I think the majority of my pleasure was taken from visiting with familiar friends and enemies rather than in new insights Borman focuses on the dress, food and personal relationships of the Tudor monarchs throughout, which is interesting but becomes quite repetitive, and let s be honest, if you ve read much about the Tudors then it s the type of thing you already know I could have wished for acreative approach or angle, perhaps in thinking about the constellation of relatives and servants that populated the court There are only so many times I want to read or hear about Henry VIII s poop or Elizabeth s wigs It did have the very positive effect of making me want to read Wolf Hall again though, so that s worth the admission price for me The Tudors were a far cry from shy and left a multitude of artifacts for posterity documents, books, paintings, toys, instruments, jewelry, and even buildings Therefore, we know much about this historical celebrity family How much do we know about their personal lives, though A lot played out center stage but what about the Tudor world behind closed doors Tracy Borman attempts to answer this in, The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain s Greatest Dynasty Yo The Tudors were a far cry from shy and left a multitude of artifacts for posterity documents, books, paintings, toys, instruments, jewelry, and even buildings Therefore, we know much about this historical celebrity family How much do we know about their personal lives, though A lot played out center stage but what about the Tudor world behind closed doors Tracy Borman attempts to answer this in, The Private Lives of the Tudors Uncovering the Secrets of Britain s Greatest Dynasty You may be wondering, Does Borman answer these questions and uncover the secret world of the Tudors The answer is a big fat NO The Private Lives of the Tudors begins with highlighting the gaining of the crown by Henry VII from Richard III which begins the Tudor Dynasty as we know it Borman s writing is sharp, articulate, and well written in terms of language skills adding an excellence and professionalism to the piece Unfortunately though, The Private Lives of the Tudors isin the vein of pop history than scholarly and rarely traverses any new information All of the material is covered hundreds of times over elsewhere and the thesis is not answered Readers will be bored unless brand new to the subject Basically, The Private Lives of the Tudors is not an investigative piece and is barely private at all Further affecting the lack of compelling substance is the usual Borman tendency of missing the mark with cohesiveness The Private Lives of the Tudors is up and down in pace and Borman often loses direction which results in lots of repetition Many of the chapters are disjointed from others seeming like they weren t written in succession and Borman repeats facts and entire areas of study Not to mention, the chapters drag and don t break at the expected times which effects readability Despite the fact that The Private Lives of the Tudors is not what it claims to be and is merely a brief overview of the dynasty with some focus on the social sides Borman did clearly do her research on the topic presenting a stretched out time period However, this is where the biggest issue with The Private Lives of the Tudors comes into play Quite often, Borman offers a fact in direct opposition to the other historians and books on the topic It is suitable to disagree with the masses and offer a fresh view if this is substantiated and sourced Yet, Borman states these as flat, solid facts and as though they are 100% true This causes The Private Lives of the Tudors to lose credibility and again depreciate for those readers well versed on the material.Related to this, Borman also makes many speculative would have , must have , and could have statements hypothesizing on mental or emotional mind frames without backing material Sometimes The Private Lives of the Tudors simply has to be taken with a grain of salt Once The Private Lives of the Tudors portraits Elizabeth I then it strikes gold and muchaccurately addresses the thesis and thereby presents solid, unknown factoids about Elizabeth s private and social life that is new even to Tudor obsessees If only the entire book was this strong then Borman would haveappealing piece on her hands Borman concludes The Private Lives of the Tudors with a quick look at the state of court affairs after Elizabeth s death This is a memorable ending and emphasizes the Tudor way of life and how grandiose it was The Private Lives of the Tudors includes a section of color plates which are notably one of the best among contemporary works of the same nature Generally, all books on the subject feature the same photos or variations thereof Borman is the first to include exclusive rare photos that don t grace the pages of other works making her standout in the crowd.Borman supplements The Private Lives of the Tudors with a bibliography giving credit to her work as it includes a heavy proportion of primary sources along with secondary plus a list of not so annotated notes The Private Lives of the Tudors sadly does not live up to its title and doesn t expose any new material Tudor devotees don t already know except for some in the sections on Elizabeth Borman s writing chops are worthy as is her research but The Private Lives of the Tudors is simply an overview of the dynasty and is best for those new to the topic The writing strays and doesn t feel well organized, but, that being said it isn t horrible Borman s work is suggested as a filler read on the Tudors or for those seeking an introduction on the subject


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