• The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman


Amusing, well-researched biographies of rulers from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, focused on how they were born, dressed, ate, washed, slept, played, and died.

For readers anticipating salacious surprises, Borman (The Story of the Tower of London, 2015, etc.), collective arch babysitter of the Historic Aristocratic Palaces and arch controlling of the Heritage Education Trust, explains that they were rarely alone, so tales of clandestine aristocratic trysts that accept appear bottomward were mostly fictional, but she does not avoid them. Privacy, a after concept, almost affected the Tudors. “Even in their best clandestine moments,” writes the author, “they were accompanied by a assistant accurately appointed for the task.” Entering a archetypal palace, one anesthetized through a accessible abundant alcove into a attendance alcove (throne room), area the adjudicator dined in state, accustomed visitors, and chaired council meetings, and again to the buried chamber, which was both abode and the name of the alignment that absolute them. It was not actual private, and every royal activity, from dining to advancing the aristocratic bed to bathrobe the aristocratic person in the morning, was accountable to academic ceremony. Thus, Tudor monarchs did not go to the bathroom; the bath came to them, led by the benedict of the stool, who managed a carriageable buried and abounding his adept back he acclimated it. An important official, he supervised the added grooms and oversaw items in circadian use such as jewels, plates, linens, and the Buried Purse. Borman delivers affluence of similar tidbits on 16th-century diet, hygiene, medicine, and action à la Ian Mortimer’s A Time Traveler’s Guide to Elizabethan England (2013). She additionally includes accustomed (perhaps too-familiar) capacity of aristocratic private lives—e.g., Henry VIII’s following of wives, Elizabeth’s nonpursuit of husbands.

A mostly entertaining mixture of abstruse amusing history and acclaimed capacity of the claimed lives of Tudor monarchs.


England’s Tudor monarchs—Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I—are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship. But for all we know about Henry’s quest for male heirs, or Elizabeth’s purported virginity, the private lives of the Tudors remain largely beyond our grasp.

In The Private Lives of the Tudors, Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the stage of court. Drawing on the accounts of those closest to them, Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail. What did the monarchs eat? What clothes did they wear, and how were they designed, bought, and cared for? How did they practice their faith? And in earthlier moments, who did they love, and how did they give birth to the all-important heirs?

Delving into their education, upbringing, sexual lives, and into the kitchens, bathrooms, schoolrooms, and bedrooms of court, Borman charts out the course of the entire Tudor dynasty, surfacing new and fascinating insights into these celebrated figures.

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty

  • BookThe Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty
  • Author:Tracy Borman
  • ISBN:0802125999
  • ISBN-13:9780802125996
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Publishing Date:2016-12-13
  • Publisher:Grove Press
  • Language:English
  • Number Of pages:464