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The Private Lives of the Tudors

Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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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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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.

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wonderful

I loved it. The voices of the different characters were intermingled with the narrator. it was a true joy to listen to. i do love audiobooks

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Excellent

It is the ‘story tellers’ like Tracy Borman that will keep history alive for the rest of us. Thank you for your great research!

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Nothing new here!

If you have no knowledge of the Tudors this would be good. Otherwise forget it. There’s nothing new in this book that I haven’t heard before.

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Great book!

It answered a lot of questions that I've had for a long time!!! Easy to listen to also!

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