Wednesday, 29 May 2019

The Private Lives of The Tudors by Tracy Borman

I got this as a present from my middle sister – thanks, A!  The Private Lives of the Tudors is a well written and researched account of the way the Tudor court worked.  I found the descriptions of how they kept themselves clean and what they ate particularly interesting.

Historical events during the reigns of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Mary and Elizabeth I are covered but not in depth – the emphasis is on how they actually lived.

I saw a review by the Guardian which criticised this book because it said that the Tudors didn't have private lives.  I happen to disagree – to me it means the little details of life rather than the big historical events.

If you are interested in the Tudors but want a different approach, give this one a go.


  1. You know, when I read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, I was impressed by how she did bring these characters to life as individuals and how well she described the details of their private lives.

  2. Carole, I am pleased you enjoyed this. I watched the TV series based on the book and presented by the author. I would like to read the book.

  3. This sounds interesting. I have read about the lives of the Tudor wives in a few books by Alison Weir, all of them great books. And the Hilary Mantel books Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring up the Bodies. All of them great reads.

    In my opinion, the Tudor period is the most fascinating in English history. I will have a look for this one. Thanks.


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