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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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 24-04-17

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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Any additional comments?

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 30-06-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 18-03-17

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.

Any additional comments?

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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