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The Private Lives of the Tudors Audiobook

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

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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.

©2016 Tracy Borman (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Lampy London 09/07/2016
    Lampy London 09/07/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "Beautifully written, beautifully read"

    Why did it have to end?!

    By far the best audio book I've had to date. Beautifully written - fascinating and seamlessly moves through history in such a fluid way. Utterly captivating!

    The narration was second to none, perfect. If only all audio books could be read by this narrator.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gabrielle Harvey-Jones 19/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Utterly absorbing!"

    Beautifully written and wonderfully read, I found this book completely compelling! Every small, intimate detail of how these iconic figures lived their lives made each one of them more human and more accessible! A must read/listen for anyone with an interest in the period!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aisling 09/09/2016
    Aisling 09/09/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "informative"

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm very interested in the tudor period and found this book gave a very unique insight into that time. If you enjoy history then I would highly recommend.
    The narrator was very good. Even made some parts amusing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Narny Lincoln, United Kingdom 27/09/2016
    Narny Lincoln, United Kingdom 27/09/2016 Member Since 2017

    Comedy and history (or a combination of both) are my listening choices. Oh, and Bill Bryson.

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    "fascinating insight into the Tudors"

    I thought there wouldn't be much more to be said about this rather dysfunctional family however there was so much I never knew. Excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    miss flavell 19/08/2016
    miss flavell 19/08/2016 Member Since 2015

    I used to actually read books, held them in my hand, left grubby marks over the pages complimenting the coffee rings on the cover. No more

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    "Fascinating, funny and Tragic"

    Narrator was perfect, he nailed this book.
    This really was so enjoyable, some parts made me laugh out loud and hit pause so I could share some funny fact with my family, stuck as the methods if contraception used!!!

    I am gutted it is over😒

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    Owlsthat Reading, UK 16/03/2017
    Owlsthat Reading, UK 16/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Very engaging book"

    This book is really interesting and engaging and not remotely dry or boring. The book brings together -The narrator is perfect and

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    D.N.W. Colombo, Sri Lanka 08/01/2017
    D.N.W. Colombo, Sri Lanka 08/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating"
    What made the experience of listening to The Private Lives of the Tudors the most enjoyable?

    Very well produced with interesting varied and authentic voices, true to the title and illuminating various personal aspects of the Tudors (it held one's interest, admittedly for a listener with a liking for history), and generous in length for an audiobook. One of the few lengthly audiobooks that took me months to finish in my car but I did, very well satisfied.


    What about Jonathan Keeble and Sandra Duncan ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corrinne 01/10/2016
    Corrinne 01/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating"

    A different slant on the lives of Henry VII and his descendants. Absorbing and most enjoyable

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    n.m.elder 24/03/2017
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    "informative"

    brilliant lay out, and so informative that can imagine yourself there at the time. Brilliant

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    Jean the Bean Leicester UK 10/02/2017
    Jean the Bean Leicester UK 10/02/2017 Member Since 2012

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    "Outstanding."

    What a brilliant listen. Absolutely compelling and I will listen again soon. Highly recommended. I will buy more of Tracy Borman's books.

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  • JustBill
    Sheffield Township, OH, United States
    02/10/16
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    "Better than Weirs books."

    Better representation of this era in English history,where the common man was inconsequential, as today.

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  • Carolyn
    30/09/16
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    "A very good book about details of their lives"

    Enjoyed the pace of the telling facts that are revealded about the Tudors. The narraator was easy to listen to and probably will listen to this book again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Suzan
    09/08/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Seattle, WA
    10/06/16
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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.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    22/03/17
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    "Historical details"
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    If you like historical details, like how they transported the court from castle to castle, what happened during childbirth, how expensive fabrics were in Tudor times ---- you will enjoy this book. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie
    STUDIO CITY, CA, United States
    14/02/17
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    "Enjoyable enough, but not alot new"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish there were more of the new details and those fun details about every day life. If you're listening to this book it's because you're interested in the Tudors, so you already know the history. The historical aspect was presented as if it were a great discovery. If you're not all that familiar with the Tudors, then this is a great, summary.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It went into some detail about the household structure, which was interesting. People, including monarchs and political leaders, are a product of their environment, and this does flesh that out a bit more than one usually hears (or reads).


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was pretty decent. The tempo and tone matched the writing


    Was The Private Lives of the Tudors worth the listening time?

    The title promised to uncover the secrets of the Tudors, but I felt there wasn't alot new. If you're a fan of the Tudor Era, you probably already know most of what was included here. It certainly wasn't badly written or performed, and there were a few interesting moments, and tidbits I hadn't heard, but I've pretty much read it all before.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't so much uncovering secrets, as the title promised - but rather giving more details on the household routines, and some of the more domestic details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberly
    British Columbia
    04/02/17
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    "Very informative, made me feel like I was there..."
    Where does The Private Lives of the Tudors rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would easily be in my top 5 favorites on the Tudor period.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry VIII was my favorite...he seemed more like a real person and I enjoyed hearing more about everyday life in his world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KarenLee
    Beaufort, SC United States
    06/01/17
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    "Entertaining Look at the Tudors"

    Not at all boring or dry the way some non-fiction reads. Very interesting- new approach to era I thought I knew all about!

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  • A User
    10/12/16
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    "Great read"

    I really enjoyed the historical facts it gives the reader a total different look into that period loved it!

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  • Tara Briggs
    08/12/16
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    "Amazing amazing amazing"

    I absolutely love this book! I have read a lot of history books on the tutors and this is one of the very best I've ever read! I love all the little details about clothing, Food, and every day life! I have listened to this book several times. If you love history this is a must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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