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The Tudor Housewife
Alison Sim
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The Tudor Housewife

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The political and military history of the sixteenth century is well known, and much written about, but what of the thousands of women who have, for the most part, eluded the historian's pen? The Tudor Housewife aims to answer this question, providing a unique and accessible introduction to everyday life and responsibilities of women from all levels of society in the age of ...more
ebook, 223 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by History Press (SC) (first published July 23rd 1998)
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Overall I enjoyed the book, but there were several places where the author became repetitive or the material simply dragged. In particular, though the final chapter is labeled "Conclusion", it is actually of a summary of everything you just read with no new insights. I also found it frustrating to read constant references to illustrations which are completely absent from the Kindle edition. Still, the book was informative and accessible even with it's flaws.
I've read an awful lot about the Tudors, but pretty much all of it focused on court politics.
This is the first book I've come across where the focus is on the ordinary people. Of course issues such as the dissolution are covered but it is the effect not the politics of it.
It is not a deep scholarly book and I wouldn't treat it as necessarily always factually accurate. But it was a well written, engaging, easy to read last thing at night, interesting and informative book.
I have read a lot of academic history texts so I am used to the rather dry writing style but unlike the ones I read, this was pretty useless as an academic piece of work. Therefore, it was just dry with no reason. The author repeated herself a lot and I found that she went into extra detail that was not needed on several chapters. I have to admit I ended up skipping the religion chapter mostly because it was that boring.

I would not recommend this.
Olga Hughes
Unfortunately the History Press hasn't edited the new paperback version of this, so it refers to plates and illustrations in the original first edition text which are not present.
A good concise overview on the daily life of Tudor women, common, middle-class and nobility. It also debunks a few myths. An easy read, very enjoyable.
Despite my immense displeasure with the author's writing style, the information itself is interesting and I'd recommend it for turdorphiles or amateurs interested in material culture. The info is sound and it's super interesting to get a glimpse at early modern private life that feels like you're on a tour.
Pulls together a broad range of information at a high level, but sources are generally well-indicated. Of note is the rich detail of the daily life of woman and of common household tasks, for example the discussion of washing on pages 49-60.
Rather a dull account of the Tudor housewife, and not interesting enough to hold me past the half-way point. I put it down after I got to this point and didn't bother picking it up again.
Lauren Scheier
Such a treasure trove of knowledge! I am absolutely in love with this book. I can't wait to apply the information I've learned into my reenacting.
Fantastic, really interesting and accessible, but with a lot of information that was completely new to me.
Interesting, but kind of dry.
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