How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman
A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life

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Engagingly written and awash in the practicalities of life in the age, it 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.
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An erudite romp through the intimate details of life in Tudor England, "Goodman's latest…is a revelation" (New York Times Book Review).


On the heels of her triumphant How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman travels even further back in English history to the era closest to her heart, the dramatic period from the crowning of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. A celebrated master of British social and domestic history, Ruth Goodman draws on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions to serve as our intrepid guide to sixteenth-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this “immersive, engrossing” (Slate) work pays tribute to the lives of those who labored through the era. From using soot from candle wax as toothpaste to malting grain for homemade ale, from the gruesome sport of bear-baiting to cuckolding and cross-dressing—the madcap habits and revealing intimacies of life in the time of Shakespeare are vividly rendered for the insatiably curious.

 

About Ruth Goodman

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Popular Historian Ruth Goodman is an expert in nineteenth-century social and domestic history and has presented a number of BBC television series, including Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm. She spent ten years as a historical advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Globe Theatre and also appeared in the BBC2 programme 'Tales from the Banquet Hall'. She is a regular presenter on The One Show and has co-authored three books, including the Number One Bestseller Victorian Farm.
 
Published February 15, 2016 by Liveright. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Nov 24 2015

An intimate look inside the 16th-century household... the author has done enough ploughing with unwieldy ploughs to attest that it is exhausting...Fresh and illuminating history.

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Above average
Reviewed by Matthew Adams on Nov 22 2015

Some of these details are well known; others are more obscure. But Ruth Goodman’s presentation of them is always entertaining...

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Reviewed by Genevieve Valentine on Feb 18 2016

Engagingly written and awash in the practicalities of life in the age, it 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.

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