How To Be a Tudor
Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to 16th-century living. Proceeding from dayb ...more
Back then the pitch was the common ground between two villages. The object was to capture th ...more
From rising from bed - which could be straw on a mud floor, a paillasse or a rope strung bed to a tester with curtains and feathers - until bedtime we get a birds-eye (or rather Tudor's eye) view of the life people led in this remarkable, influential and much written about ...more
As the name of the book indicates, the book is set up like an outline of a typical day in the life of average Tudor era people. Beginning with waking up with the sun, Goodman discusses what people wore, what their beds were made out of, how they kept clean, and every other aspect of life. Well, maybe not every other aspect. ...more
Ruth Goodman is n expert when it comes to historical accuracy and reenactmen ...more
As a contrast to the Victorian book, which I was reading in parallel, life was slower to change in Tudor times. There were laws about things you wouldn't expect, such as the sumptuary laws, which (among other things) decreed how much yardage, of which fabric, and at what price could be bought by people at different levels of s ...more
I love these books because they’re written in a way where you can truly put yourself into the Tudor life, learning how to dress, what they’d eat, what yo ...more
In How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life, Ruth covers every stage of the day: sleeping, when to rise, washing, dressing, breakfast, education, dinner, men and women's work, leisure time and activities, supper and bedtime.
Goodman packs a punch into these 300 pages and her experi ...more
I read it in conjunction with watching "Tudor Monastary farm," which is the perfect combo. Not only of brilliant history and life, but then you get Ruth's bursting enthusiasm and geekiness abou ...more
These chapters start with waking, move through bathing, dressing, breakfast, chores, education, work, dinner, playing, supper, and bedtime. The author goes into impressive detail about everything from how a woman sewed shirts, to how bread was baked, to the medically “correct” sexual positions to us ...more
I picked this up when I saw that Hoopla had it as well as her newest book. Still one of my favorites.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Ruth Goodman on the various TV shows she was on for the BBC. I got hooked when watching Wartime Farm. So when I had heard that she was going to be writing a book I could not wait to read it. Due to college classes, I, unfortunately, had to put it off and wasn't a part of the hype behind it. Since I am a history major and this is a part of the histo ...more
Ruth Goodman weaves a tale of kings, queens, peasants, artisans, and other peoples from the late fifteenth, sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
The book illustrates how people's views on sex, religion, childbirth, education, marriage and other things varied and they often had to do with their social background as well as who was king at the time. Issues such as work, immigration, cleanliness are also addressed, including dispelling common held beliefs about these ...more
I often think that it is the details of everyday life which bring history to life ...more
I think Goodman did a thorough job in her research for this work, and there were definitely some interesting things that I had not heard before. The contents of the book were very interesting and I enjoyed the writing style, which ...more
A lot of the historical fiction I read takes place during the Tudor/Elizabethan time period, focusing on the “court.” How to Be a Tudor explains in detail what life was like for everyone else, right down to their underclothes. As a BBC presenter, the author has experienced many of the things she details, so when she tells you that Tudor England probably wasn’t excessively whiffy (as opposed to, say, Medieval Paris), she knows whereof she speaks.
I can see this being rather a dry read,...more
It lacked the enthusiasm and fascination for the period that was very in your face in How to be a Victorian. I think it was a mixture of that and just being in a little bit of a slumpy reading mood that made me dislike this book. I never wanted to pick it up and I started to skim over a lot towards the end, only honing in on certain stuff. I'm also not that heavily invested in the Tudors so I don't know, it's a tricky one.
This was a rather fast listen. The author goes through a Tudor "day". She describes how various tasks and activities occurred focusing on multiple levels of society and to some extent how they intersected.
For some tasks, such as how clothes were constructed worn and maintained or how bread and ale were made at home she goes into a lot of detail.
Some of these she has learned and replicated herself in order to better understand. Other areas are more streamli ...more