The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women

  • by Elizabeth Norton
  • Narrated by Jennifer Dixon
  • 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Tudor period conjures up images of queens and noblewomen in elaborate court dress, of palace intrigue and dramatic politics. But if you were a woman, it was also a time when death during childbirth was rife, when marriage was usually a legal contract, not a matter for love, and the education you could hope to receive was minimal at best. Yet the Tudor century was also dominated by powerful and dynamic women in a way that no era had been before. Historian Elizabeth Norton explores the life cycle of the Tudor woman, from childhood to old age, through the diverging examples of women such as Elizabeth Tudor, Henry VIII's sister; Cecily Burbage, Elizabeth's wet nurse; Mary Howard, widowed but influential at court; Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of a controversial queen; and Elizabeth Barton, a peasant girl who would be lauded as a prophetess. Their stories are interwoven with studies of topics ranging from Tudor toys to contraception to witchcraft, painting a portrait of the lives of queens and serving maids, nuns and harlots, widows and chaperones. Norton brings this vibrant period to colorful life in an evocative and insightful social history.


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I love this book!

Elizabeth Norton has compiled a fascinating account of what life as a woman must have been like during the Tudor period in England. I listened to this book over several days, often rewinding just to hear parts again because it was so interesting. She speaks with astonishing detail about everything in women's lives, from birth to death, making a distant time seem very real to me. I have always found British history fun to learn about, but discovering this well-narrated account of what daily life for women was like during this time was very satisfying . I really recommend this book as a wonderful addition to information about this time.
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- Kathi

good interesting

well researched. I would have liked more on the rumors of Elizabeths illegitimate child (ren).
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- lalfelzy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-04-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books