The Private Lives of the Tudors

  • by Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble, Sandra Duncan
  • 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tracy Borman, author of the best-selling biography of Thomas Cromwell, takes us behind the scenes to reveal the intimate secrets of the Tudor court and the private lives of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and more.
'I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.' (Elizabeth I)
The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed.
These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior. They saw the tears shed by Henry VII upon the death of his son, Arthur. They knew the tragic secret behind 'Bloody' Mary's phantom pregnancies. And they saw the 'crooked carcass' beneath Elizabeth I's carefully applied makeup, gowns and accessories.
It is the accounts of these eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources, that historian Tracy Borman has examined more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, and in the same way that she brilliantly illuminated the real Thomas Cromwell, The Private Life of the Tudors will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.


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Customer Reviews

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Fills in the Gaps

If you could sum up The Private Lives of the Tudors in three words, what would they be?

This book fills in the gaps of what I already knew about the Tudors.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Henry VIII because the book really described what he was like and how he lived.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

What I found most interesting was learning about the various roles of the lords and ladies selected to serve the kings/queens.

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- SeaAnita "Anita L Elder"

So good

I found the story fascinating and while history buffs might miss all the goings on in state... It was the most interesting part to me.. Personal lives and personal practices of the time. The narrator was great.! Loved it! I was sad when it was over... Wanted the author and narrator to bring me up to present day.
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- Suzan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2016
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton