Tracy Borman, author of the best-selling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more.
'I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.' (Elizabeth I)
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.
©2016 Tracy Borman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
I found the story fascinating and while history buffs might miss all the goings on in state... It was the most interesting part to me.. Personal lives and personal practices of the time. The narrator was great.! Loved it! I was sad when it was over... Wanted the author and narrator to bring me up to present day.
Enjoyed the pace of the telling facts that are revealded about the Tudors. The narraator was easy to listen to and probably will listen to this book again.
Anita L Elder
This book fills in the gaps of what I already knew about the Tudors.
My favorite character was Henry VIII because the book really described what he was like and how he lived.
What I found most interesting was learning about the various roles of the lords and ladies selected to serve the kings/queens.
full of interesting tidbits and moved smartly along. really enjoyed it. If you like Tudor history it's a must.
A most enjoyable book! Jonathan Keeble's narration was splendid as was Tracy Borman's telling of the Tudor story. I particularly enjoyed hearing about Queen Elizabeth 1st. Well written.
I loved every minute of the book,super interesting. Will definitely be checking out more from this author.
Having been a huge fan of Tudor history and biographies for almost 50 years, this book has been an excellent addition to my library. The writing is done in a modern and upbeat style, filling in all of the details that have been missing, answering a lot of the questions I have had with regard to the more intimate side of history. Also, superb narration by Jonathan Keeble. Highly recommended!
Best I've seen yet. Great detail, new information, wonderful narration style, thoroughy enjoyable and strongly recommended
Beautifully written and wonderfully read, I found this book completely compelling! Every small, intimate detail of how these iconic figures lived their lives made each one of them more human and more accessible! A must read/listen for anyone with an interest in the period!
"Beautifully written, beautifully read"
Why did it have to end?!
By far the best audio book I've had to date. Beautifully written - fascinating and seamlessly moves through history in such a fluid way. Utterly captivating!
The narration was second to none, perfect. If only all audio books could be read by this narrator.
"fascinating insight into the Tudors"
I thought there wouldn't be much more to be said about this rather dysfunctional family however there was so much I never knew. Excellent.
I really enjoyed this book. I'm very interested in the tudor period and found this book gave a very unique insight into that time. If you enjoy history then I would highly recommend.
The narrator was very good. Even made some parts amusing.
"Fascinating, funny and Tragic"
Narrator was perfect, he nailed this book.
This really was so enjoyable, some parts made me laugh out loud and hit pause so I could share some funny fact with my family, stuck as the methods if contraception used!!!
I am gutted it is over😒
"Amazing Insight into the lives of the Tudors"
Fantastic book with the most consummate details outlining the true nature of one of the most fascinating monarchies that ever lived.
Had it read in3 days in every spare moment - a masterpiece of a book!
"wonderful detail with slightly annoying narration"
This is a rich and wonderfully detailed study packed with fascinating tidbits of gossip and intrigue which come together to build a beautifully crafted telling of the Tudor story.
My only issue with it was the author's constant repetitive use of the term "the latter" and, much more significantly, the narration.
The main voice is lovely to listen to until you begin to notice how much he indulges in the words "stool" and "gold", pronounced "shtooooool" and "goooooold" which he lingers on with such ridiculous over-emphasis that soon whole chapters are nearly ruined. He also has an irritating habit of gulping and gurgling in-between sentences and particularly before quotations.
Most heinous though is the voice artist cast to perform the majority of the male quotations. He has an awful, affected, strained voice; gargling and straining through each sentence. I can't imagine why he was employed.
Thankfully, the subject matter is so strong and the writing so pacey that I was able to let these irritations pass but they very nearly ruined the listening experience for me.
Really fantastic - was sorry when it ended. Brilliant mix of history, social history and voices from that time. The detail of how people lived in court was fascinating, far more interesting than just the politics. I wish they would do this for other time periods.
A different slant on the lives of Henry VII and his descendants. Absorbing and most enjoyable
I found out lots of things that I didn't knew before - 007 thing fascinating. Never knew it was pre James Bond. Loved the things about clothes and furniture too.
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