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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
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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.

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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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    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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    Mrs. K. Whitehead Norfolk 21/01/2017
    Mrs. K. Whitehead Norfolk 21/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant!"

    This book had me completely immersed from start to finish. So much I didn't know and also it's great to have clarification of so many things you hear but are never quite sure we're true of the Tudor period. So full of information that I could easily listen to again as I'm sure I missed some things first time round.

    I can't recommend this book enough.

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    kate bingham 20/01/2017
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    "Excellent."

    loved the story and the narrator, my only complaint is the other man's voice which just sounded dull and out of place.

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    nicola 19/01/2017
    nicola 19/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting listen"

    Loved this book. A very much in depth story of the tudors. I learned a lot more and is definitely worth buying.

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    C. A. Mealing Brighton UK 14/01/2017
    C. A. Mealing Brighton UK 14/01/2017 Member Since 2014

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    "Fascinating in every way!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this and cannot recommend it enough. It brings a defining part of history to life and adds depth to the popular view of the Tudor monarchy. The narrator is more than competent, and I felt drawn into a world I knew little about but which fascinated me.

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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.

    2 of 2 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.

    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
  • 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
  • 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!

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  • 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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