The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman

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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.

Title : The Private Lives of the Tudors
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ISBN : 1444782894
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 449 pages


Frances rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2016

3.5* A well researched novel of the Tudors beginning with Henry VII, written by England’s joint chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, Tracy Borman. After Henry’s death his young son, Henry VIII ascends the throne and becomes known as the King with a penchant for swift executions to eliminate a...

Carole rated it ★★★★★

September 10, 2016

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, beh...

Samantha rated it ★★★☆☆

February 04, 2017

This book takes a different approach to the history of the Tudors. Instead of focusing on the complicated politics of the era, it takes more of 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 wardro...

Laura rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2017

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 interes...

Chris rated it ★★★☆☆

September 21, 2016

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley. Do we really need another book about the Tudors? I’m not sure, but they do seem to be sparking quite the industry don’t they? Borman’s book is suppose to be about the private lives – not so much sex, though there is plenty of that- but of housekeeping and castle run...

Orsolya rated it ★★★☆☆

February 16, 2017

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...

James rated it ★★★★★

August 25, 2016

The Tudor dynasty only ruled over England for approximately one hundred and eighteen years, relatively small when compared to the Plantagenets or the Stuarts rule over Scotland. Yet even people with little interest in history are drawn to this period, largely thanks to Showtimes series 'The Tudor...

Patricia rated it ★★★★☆

February 05, 2017

Fascinating! It's amazing how much is known of the behind-the-scenes world of the Tudor royalty. Henry VIII provided the most fodder for interesting stories, but I learned some new things about Elizabeth I too. For fans of the Tudors and history buffs.

Carolina rated it ★★★★★

June 18, 2016

Dispelling myths and giving a (much needed) objective about the Tudors and the Tudor period, this was amazing! Tracy Borman really went above and beyond. Our view of the Tudor period has always been this idyllic period where there was cruelty but it was curtailed by the gorgeous attire, sumptuous...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

I loved this! Was written really well. I have learnt heaps more about Henry the 8th and his family.

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