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Publisher's Summary

The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times, what was life really like for a commoner?

To answer this question, the renowned 'method historian' Ruth Goodman has slept, washed and cooked as the Tudors did. She is your expert guide to this fascinating era, drawing on years of practical historical study to show how our ancestors coped with everyday life, from how they slept to how they courted.

Exploring how the Tudors learnt, danced and even sat and stood according to the latest fashion, she reveals what it all felt, smelt and tasted like, from morning until night.

©2015 Ruth Goodman (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Another Great Work by Ruth Goodman

What made the experience of listening to How to Be a Tudor the most enjoyable?

Patience Tomlinson does an excellent job narrating. This was best for times when I couldn't keep full attention on an audio book. If I missed a few words here and there I could still enjoy the experience.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is a collection of historical facts and Ms. Goodman's personal experiences trying to recreate Tudor life. So it's a fun mix of primary sources, historians data analysis, and her own anecdotal experiences on Tudor day to day life.

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I love Ruth Goodman's work such as the BBC Historical farm series. So if you are already a fan then I think you would enjoy this audiobook.

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  • John
  • 04-24-17

Very good overall

What did you like most about How to Be a Tudor?

Interesting and thoroughly researched

If you’ve listened to books by Ruth Goodman before, how does this one compare?

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Have you listened to any of Patience Tomlinson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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I found the book interesting but would have preferred more emphasis on general life and less on food. Although I suppose I should have expected this given the authors' background.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-30-17

FULL OF INTERESING INFORMATION

I liked the book very much. I bought it not only because of an interesting theme but also because of te author, whom I consider to be a superb practical historian, spreading popularity of her subject among wide public. This book is full of information presented in a very readable/listenable form. It peeps into past people's lifes, both public and private, with some detailed descriptions of activities (cheese or clothes or ale making, for example) that are thus possible to be tried on your own, should you only wish to. I have to admit that some of these descriptions seemed too long and dragging for me, however it might be given by my particular taste. The narrator did a good job and I enjoyed listening to her a lot. I recommend this book for anybody interested in practical history.

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  • miss Amanda.Christie
  • 11-16-17

BRILLIANT!

Fascinating insight into how we lived in Tudor times- And what we got up to !!!

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  • Farniboy
  • 05-05-17

Tudor Social History Brought To Life!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anybody who is keen on history. Especially pupils who study the Tudor period in KS3. If the royal history of the period is the bones, births, deaths, marriages etc. Then this book, that shows life in the tudor period from waking in the morning, to going to bed at night, throughout the year is the meat! A succulent joint at that...

It tells in an interesting and informative way how all sections of Tudor society were born, lived and died. What they ate and drank. How they passed their days.

A great narration by Patience Tomlinson too.

What did you like best about this story?

The author Ruth Goodman is an historian who literally lives history. She's brewed ale, made the bread and gone months without washing to experience how medieval people lived. Because of this personal research she makes this book come alive.

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A really great book. If we could clone the author and put her in every secondary school class History in Britain we would have a nation of historians. Her enthusiasm for the subject and how she puts her point across is amazing.

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  • Kay Howlett
  • 04-25-17

Brilliant!

I loved this book. It's full of so much information. I really feel as though I have a much better understanding of the day to day living of common folk in Tudor times.

Well done Ruth!

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  • Robert
  • 01-29-18

Really interesting take on daily life

The really life experience of the writer really shows through and makes this a far more interesting read.

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  • Mr Timothy A Woolhouse
  • 01-22-18

Superb

What a great account of all aspects of life in that period. Highly recommend this audiobook!

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  • andrea
  • 01-21-18

relaxing and informative

I love this book. I enjoy listening to it again and again. I find the subject gentle yet infinitely interesting due to the detail in which is written. however it is also beautifully read, something I found to be very consoling, through a recently scare stay in hospital. the two combined make this a perfect book.

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  • Miss
  • 12-01-17

Superb!

An excellent insight into Tudor life. A thoroughly enjoyable book,educational and very well narrated.

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  • Lee
  • 11-28-17

Good insight in to Tudor Times

On the whole enjoyed it all though in certain parts my mind wandered. A good insight in to Tudor Times told in an easy way not too dry.

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  • Readalot
  • 02-18-17

Fascinating Information

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

It's one of the best of the non-fiction ones

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the information about what the author experienced while living as a Tudor.

Have you listened to any of Patience Tomlinson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to be a Tudor!

Any additional comments?

I wished there was more of the experience and possibly less fascination with breeds of wheat...