Pleasures and Pastimes in Tudor England by Alison Sim

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How did the Tudors enjoy themselves? For the men and women of Tudor England there was, just as there is today, more to life than work. 400 years before the invention of television and radio, they did not lead boring or mundane lives. Indeed, in many ways the richness of Tudor entertainment shames us. While continuing the medieval tradition of tournament and pageantry, the Tudors also increasingly read and attended the theatre. Dancing and music were also popular, and were considered just as important as hunting and fishing for an ambitious Tudor's social skills. Church festivals provided the perfect excuse for revelry, and christenings and weddings were, as they are today, great social occasions. Here, Alison Sim explores the full range of entertainments enjoyed at that time covering everything from card games and bear baiting to interior design.

About Alison Sim

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Alison Sim is a costumed guide at Hampton Court Palace, who has worked at the Tower of London and lectured on Tudor food for the Mary Rose Trust. She is the author of The Tudor Housewife and Food and Feast in Tudor England.
Published November 8, 2011 by The History Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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