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Publisher's Summary

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.

Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to 16th-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work celebrates the ordinary lives of those who labored through the era. From sounding the "hue and cry" to alert a village to danger 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.

©2016 Ruth Goodman. First American Edition 2016. Recorded by arrangement with Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"If the past is a foreign country, we’re lucky to have such a knowledgeable cicerone as Ruth Goodman." (Wall Street Journal)

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Excellent book!

Have listened to this for a couple of evenings, and find it fascinating. Ruth Goodman has not only done meticulous research to offer an intimate view of what life during the Tudor period would have been like for the average person, she has a delightfully engaging way of presenting it. What could easily be dull information, she has presented in a manner that has made all this fascinating. Now, at last, for instance, I have learned a good explanation for why Shakespeare left his "second best bed" to his wife. And this book is narrated beautifully. What I find best about it is that I can return to it time and again to learn new things I didn't pick up fully in the first listen. Highly recommend. If you are someone who enjoys going to Renaissance festivals, this book might be for you. Or if you just enjoy having a deeper peek into the lives of folk from the time of the Tudors in England. Quite a fun listen.

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loved it!

Interesting & funny. Good narrator. I would also like to listen to her How to be Victorian book, if anyone would record that one.

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Emotionless narrator leaves a bit to be desired

Other than the slightly robotic narrator, the book was very good. I really enjoy Ruth Goodman and the Tudor time period.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great book, wish Ruth Goodman was reading

The book is fantastic and interesting, but the narrator was dreadfully boring. I wish I would have just gotten the Kindle version and read it myself.

Ruth Goodman is such a great presenter, I wonder why she didn't read it. She is so passionate, but the narrator they choose made even the most interesting parts sound dry.

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Feel like you've gone back in time

This is the 4th history book I have read and the 1st by this author. I liked that the author has tried to reenact daily tasks and tells the story from first hand knowledge. I will be looking for more from this author.

The only strange thing is the book felt like it just stopped with no conclusion or wrap up.

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Tudor life comes alive!

I loved this book! We have to add it to our Elizabethan and Tudor library as a reference. Well done and well read.

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A lost opportunity

What would have made How to Be a Tudor better?

I anticipated an interesting and engaging romp into revelations of tudor life. A stimulating and more dramatic performance might have made the rather uninspired prose more engaging.

Has How to Be a Tudor turned you off from other books in this genre?

Unfortunately, whether it's the performance or the writing, this book is more like a technical manual and approaches that level of vapidity. Mostly monotonous, read in a virtually flat monotone with some rather bizarre asides describing the author's escapades as she attempts to take on the trappings of tudor culture. Kind of gross to hear that she wore linen britches for a month (I can't remember the exact length of time) without a shower and swore she didn't smell. Doubtful, glad we never crossed paths!

Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Wilds’s performances?

Not sure.

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Thorough and comprehensive

Thorough, specific in content; can slow down at points but worth it for the knowledge and comprehensive information the author offers

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Odd ending

Where does How to Be a Tudor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well researched book...however, the ending is odd (or an error?).

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Very descriptive prose. The author's actual experience, utilizing Tudor era techniques, brings life to the past. Wonderful

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