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How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life

How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life

by Ruth Goodman


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Named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR
A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice Selection

An erudite romp through the intimate details of life in Tudor England, "Goodman's latest…is a revelation" (New York Times Book Review).

On the heels of her triumphant How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman travels even further back in English history to the era closest to her heart, the dramatic period from the crowning of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. A celebrated master of British social and domestic history, Ruth Goodman draws on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions to serve as our intrepid guide to sixteenth-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this “immersive, engrossing” (Slate) work pays tribute to the lives of those who labored through the era. From using soot from candle wax as toothpaste to malting grain for homemade ale, from the gruesome sport of bear-baiting to cuckolding and cross-dressing—the madcap habits and revealing intimacies of life in the time of Shakespeare are vividly rendered for the insatiably curious.

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ISBN-13: 9781631492532
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 115,175
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ruth Goodman is the author of multiple books including How to Be a Victorian. An historian of British life, she has presented a number of BBC television series, including Tudor Monastery Farm. She lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 At Cock's Crow 1

2 To Wash or Not to Wash 17

3 Dressing 41

4 Breakfast 86

5 Education 89

6 Dinner 121

7 Men's Work 150

8 Women's Work 175

9 A Time to Play 189

10 Supper 230

11 And so to Bed 261

Bibliography 291

Illustration Credits 302

Acknowledgements 303

Index 305

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