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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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    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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    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.

    4 of 4 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 2016

    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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    Aisling 09/09/2016
    Aisling 09/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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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.

    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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    Siobhan 20/11/2016
    Siobhan 20/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Insight into the lives of the Tudors"

    Fantastic book with the most consummate details outlining the true nature of one of the most fascinating monarchies that ever lived.

    Had it read in3 days in every spare moment - a masterpiece of a book!

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    Andy 12/11/2016
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    "wonderful detail with slightly annoying narration"

    This is a rich and wonderfully detailed study packed with fascinating tidbits of gossip and intrigue which come together to build a beautifully crafted telling of the Tudor story.

    My only issue with it was the author's constant repetitive use of the term "the latter" and, much more significantly, the narration.

    The main voice is lovely to listen to until you begin to notice how much he indulges in the words "stool" and "gold", pronounced "shtooooool" and "goooooold" which he lingers on with such ridiculous over-emphasis that soon whole chapters are nearly ruined. He also has an irritating habit of gulping and gurgling in-between sentences and particularly before quotations.

    Most heinous though is the voice artist cast to perform the majority of the male quotations. He has an awful, affected, strained voice; gargling and straining through each sentence. I can't imagine why he was employed.

    Thankfully, the subject matter is so strong and the writing so pacey that I was able to let these irritations pass but they very nearly ruined the listening experience for me.

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    afri_cat Brighton, UK 30/10/2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Really fantastic - was sorry when it ended. Brilliant mix of history, social history and voices from that time. The detail of how people lived in court was fascinating, far more interesting than just the politics. I wish they would do this for other time periods.

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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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    Kim 21/05/2016
    Kim 21/05/2016 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found out lots of things that I didn't knew before - 007 thing fascinating. Never knew it was pre James Bond. Loved the things about clothes and furniture too.


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • SeaAnita
    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
  • Lisa
    Arcata, CA, United States
    06/11/16
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    "great history of the Tudors"

    full of interesting tidbits and moved smartly along. really enjoyed it. If you like Tudor history it's a must.

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  • Ina
    30/10/16
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    "Private Lives of the Tudors"

    A most enjoyable book! Jonathan Keeble's narration was splendid as was Tracy Borman's telling of the Tudor story. I particularly enjoyed hearing about Queen Elizabeth 1st. Well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Hermiston, Or United States
    20/09/16
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    "Loved It"

    I loved every minute of the book,super interesting. Will definitely be checking out more from this author.

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  • Linds the Winds
    Alamo, CA
    15/09/16
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    "In-depth and intimate details!"

    Having been a huge fan of Tudor history and biographies for almost 50 years, this book has been an excellent addition to my library. The writing is done in a modern and upbeat style, filling in all of the details that have been missing, answering a lot of the questions I have had with regard to the more intimate side of history. Also, superb narration by Jonathan Keeble. Highly recommended!

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  • scott
    10/09/16
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    "Fantastic Read/Listen"

    If you think history is a bunch of old bones, this book is the meat the bones carried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard J. Hrezo
    Northern CA
    25/07/16
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    "Terrific book for anyone Tudor-oriented"

    Best I've seen yet. Great detail, new information, wonderful narration style, thoroughy enjoyable and strongly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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