How to Be A Tudor

How to Be A Tudor

A Dawn-to-dusk Guide to Tudor Life

Book - 2016
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Beginning at dawn with the cock's rousing crow and proceeding into either Catholic abstinence or Protestant-approved marital relations at nightfall, this charming work celebrates the ordinary lives of those who labored through the dramatic Tudor era. Goodman draws on her own hands-on experience living on a replicated Tudor farm to bring all the sights, smells, and appetites of this era to visceral, vibrant life. The Tudor period began in 1485 with the crowning of Henry VII, proceeded through Henry VIII's tumultuous reign, and ended with the death of his daughter, Elizabeth I, in 1603. It was a time of unprecedented upheaval. Henry VIII's break with Rome and establishment of a new church turned the religious rituals of everyday life upside down, as did the terror invoked under the subsequent rule of "Bloody Mary." Historians traditionally have focused on the royals, while the lives of common families ensnared within their political machinations have been largely ignored. Examining the overlooked majority with unrivaled insight and empathy, Goodman scours firsthand accounts and public records to uncover a trove of irresistible minutiae--the strictly enforced sumptuary laws, for example, required that clothing indicate class, age, profession, and even financial well-being. Goodman pants and whirls through Tudor dance steps, sleeps soundly atop rushes piled on the floor, painstakingly assembles an Elizabethan ruff, and navigates the arduous and sometimes dangerous task of plowing a field in inclement weather. Enduring each chore with her trademark wit and enthusiasm, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to the revealing habits and intimacies of life in the time of Sir Walter Raleigh and Shakespeare.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781631491399
Branch Call Number: 942.05 GOO
Characteristics: xv, 320 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


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Jan 20, 2018

Goodman is an engaging and informative presenter in every historical re-creation show that I've seen her in. As an author she maintains these characteristics. It's interesting to see what day-to-day life was like during the period, which is not something most histories deal with. I do agree that more diagrams would be useful, though.

Apr 13, 2017

She has loads of practical experience with trying to do what Tudor texts and pictures show, and presents it with humor and clarity. In a few places, some diagrams would have helped, like exactly how to do a braid, and I don't know who every explanation of "sleep tight" I've ever seen looks the same.

KHCPL_Wagner Dec 27, 2016

Ever wonder what everyday life during the Tudor dynasty was really like? This book will guide you through a day in Tudor England.

Jun 26, 2016

Interesting exploration of one of my favorite historical periods.


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Aug 18, 2016

Scholarly, yet great fun to read. This well-written book covers day-to-day life of a wide cross-section of the population during the Tudor period in England. Full of fun trivia and interesting projects to try.


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