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The private lives of the Tudors : uncovering the secrets of Britain's greatest dynasty

Borman, Tracy. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library DA 315 .B67 2017 30775305521644 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 0802125999
  • ISBN: 9780802125996
  • ISBN: 9780802189806
  • Physical Description: print
    448 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, genealogical table ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, [2017]

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General Note: First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Hodder & Stoughton, a Hachette UK company.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-426) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: 'The public self and the private' -- Henry VII. 'Infinitely suspicious' ; 'Not admitting any near approach' ; 'Closeted away like a girl' -- Henry VIII. 'Their business is in many secrets' ; 'Lay hands upon his royal person' ; 'She excelled them all' ; 'A thin, old, and vicious hack' ; 'True carnal copulation' ; 'Kings and Emperors all be but mortal' -- Edward VI. 'Being yet but a child' -- Mary I. 'Thinking myself to be with child' -- Elizabeth I. 'We highly commend the single life' ; 'She seldom partakes before strangers' ; 'A thousand eyes see all I do' ; 'I am soft and made of melting snow' ; 'The crooked carcass' -- Epilogue: 'Such lack of good order'.
Summary, etc.: An examination behind the public faces of the Tudor monarchs draws on material from their most intimate courtiers to illuminate details about their private worlds, from what they ate and the clothes they wore to how they were treated while sick.
Subject: Tudor, House of
Monarchy Great Britain History 16th century
Great Britain Kings and rulers History
Great Britain History Tudors, 1485-1603
Genre: Biographies.

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Borman (Thomas Cromwell), a senior curator of Britain's Historic Royal Palaces organization, eschews the oft-told tabloid tales that emphasize the Tudor family's colorful public personas to focus instead upon their private lives and daily rituals. The larger-than-life personalities and romantic misadventures of the Tudor dynasty, which ruled England from 1485 to 1603, have been thoroughly mined in print and on film; readers hoping for yet another sensationalist and titillating history are going to be disappointed. Borman doesn't do much to further popular understanding of the period, and the amount of detail about the rarefied world that the Tudors inhabited can be overwhelming, but she does unearth some obscure and intriguing tidbits that have been overlooked by other historians. Among the details included here are accounts that Henry VIII so liked the puddings made by the only woman who worked in his kitchens that he bought her a house, and that Elizabeth I liked to wear a perfume that she herself had invented. Though all five Tudor monarchs made even their most private moments into courtly spectacles, including their bathroom customs and childbirth travails, Borman's fine book goes far toward humanizing them. Recommended for serious devotees of the period. Illus. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Borman (joint chief curator, Historic Royal Palaces; Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant) chronicles one of the most memorable periods in British history: the years from the accession of Henry VII in 1485 to the unexpected reign of Elizabeth I, beginning in 1558, after the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. Using extensive contemporary and modern sources, the author artfully crafts a thorough reimagining of life at the Tudor court, while also providing a look at the humanity of these larger-than-life figures. Readers may find certain details too exhaustive, but these pale in comparison to the drama and intrigue featured heavily throughout the book. While there are many volumes dedicated to the Tudor dynasty and the players involved, such as Peter Ackroyd's Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I, this work uniquely focuses on the minutiae of court life and the personal, behind-the-scenes details of Tudor royals. VERDICT Readers interested in the subject are sure to recognize some of the stories covered within these pages, but Borman's history expands well beyond public knowledge to the definite delight of Tudor fans.-Katie McGaha, County of Los Angeles P.L. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Rather than a titillating, tell-all exposé of the Tudor dynasty, Borman (Thomas Cromwell, 2015) offers a measured, precise, and humanizing overview of the behind-the-scenes monarchical lives of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VII, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. The secrets uncovered are of the mundane yet nevertheless fascinating variety as Borman meticulously details the daily physical, social, and cultural minutiae of the royals and court life. Ritual habits, from the portentous to the prosaic, are chronicled, leaving nothing, including royal bathroom routines, to the imagination. Separating each monarch's public self from his or her private persona, the author conducts a private tour behind the closed doors of each of these individuals, exploring Britain's most famous dynasty through the lens of their private lives. This Downton Abbey-like peek into the everyday lives of these privileged yet cloistered rulers and their households will appeal to both serious scholars and Tudor enthusiasts.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2017 Booklist

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