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England's Tudor monarchs - Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I - are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship. But for all we know about Henry's quest for male heirs or Elizabeth's purported virginity, the lives of the Tudor monarchs away from the public eye remain largely beyond our grasp, mostly not chronicled by previous historians.

In The Private Lives of the Tudors, acclaimed historian Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the stage of the court. Drawing on original material from those closest to them - courtiers like the "groom of the stool", a much-coveted position, surprisingly - Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail. What did the monarchs eat? What clothes did they wear, and how were they designed, bought, and cared for? How did they wield power? When sick, how were they treated? What games did they play? How did they practice their faith? And whom did they love, and how did they give birth to the all-important heirs?

Exploring their education, upbringing, and sexual lives and taking us into the kitchens, bathrooms, schoolrooms, and bedrooms at court, The Private Lives of the Tudors charts the course of the entire dynasty, surfacing new and fascinating insights into these celebrated figures.

©2016 Tracy Borman, Hodder & Stoughton (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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The Narration Is Awful

While the actual text of the book contains good information, the narrator absolutely ruined the book by continually emoting, ham acting, and at times trying to talk like a pirate while reading the text. To make the situation worse, at random times a woman's voice cuts in to read portions of the text, and she would often read it as though she were acting in a badly directed stage show. Sometimes the narrator and the woman alternate phrases within a sentence, to make it into a Punch and Judy show. Borman's other books are narrated professionally. For some unknown reason this book was allowed to be read by a carnival barker and his histrionic sidekick. What a waste.

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Fills in the blanks

Extremely interesting if you are familiar with the Tudors and love minutia. It fills in all the little details of daily life skipped over in the telling of the “bigger” story. If neither applies to you, this will probably not be as interesting as I found it to be, but if it does, you will.

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Too many opinions.

Narrator pacing too slow. Had to listen at faster speed or would have given up.

Author expressed a lot of opinions not necessarily based on facts. I'd rather have the facts and draw my own conclusions on what "must have been felt" by the people involved.

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Painstakingly Detailed

If you’re someone who wants to hear literal Tudor receipts read (like me!), this is the book for you. It goes so far into detail that, even for someone who wants to know the minutiae it can be a little long winded. Still, I loved listening to it, as the narrator was excellent.

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Interesting Tudor History

I don’t know much about the Tudors, but this audiobook felt like a story that peaked into both their private and public lives.
I’m not a history buff by any means. This audiobook was easy to understand and I enjoyed learning about them!

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Awesome listening Experience!

This review is for the audiobook version. The narrator's narration of the book made it such an enjoyable experience! I love all of the information given in the book by the author, and how she wove it into an experience that brought you back to the Tudor reign. Great job Tracy Borman and Johnathan Keeble!

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Thoroughly enjoyable

it's hard for me to listen to a male narrator on Tudor history, but this gentleman reminded me of Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey. The book was neat because it mentioned things like how many pins it took to dress Queen Elizabeth and how they used the cuffs and ruffs to make it look like she had bunches of gowns. I loved the day to day details like that.

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Excellent and easy to follow

Excellent and easy to follow. Varied details bring everyday life into view. Excellent reader to listen to.

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awesome!

super interesting listen! fun to hear about all the little things that go on in life in Tudor time.

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Good...

I love Tracy Borman but I was expecting more of this book. Unless you're just starting to learn about the Tudors there's nothing new in regard of the "private lives"...
It was entertaining and the narrator was fine but unfortunately nothing spectacular.