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

by Tracy Borman

Biography / Autobiography History

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

'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.

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

'A riveting behind-the-scenes re-creation of court life.' The Bookseller


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ISBN: 9781444782899
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9781444782899
Publication date: 19th May 2016
Author: Tracy Borman
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Format: Hardback
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, History,
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About Tracy Borman

Tracy Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997. She is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces. Tracy is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England, Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen and Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction. Tracy is also a regular broadcaster and public speaker, giving talks on her books across the UK and abroad. She lives in Surrey with her daughter.

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