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How To Be a Tudor A Dawn to Dusk Guide to Everyday LifeE takes you back to the time when soot was used as toothpaste and the upper crust of bread was served to the wealthier members of the house Exploring how the Tudors learnt danced and even sat and stood according to the latest fashion she reveals what it all felt smelt and tasted like from morning until night'Ruth is the ueen of living history long may she reign' Lucy Worsley. Ruth Goodman takes us back to the Tudor period 1485 – 1603 with another fascinating and informative read I would seriously recommend that you read the introduction before starting the main body of the book as this gives you a better idea of what you will be reading about and why most of the extracts come from pieces mainly from the south of EnglandWith chapters set out as certain times of the day so we are led onto information about clothing eating and drinking habits work and so much with elements showing us what life was like from those at the lower end of the spectrum up to the nobility We are taken through the education system of the period as well as the entertainments and sports available with of course archery still at the top when it was still a reuirement to provide bowmen to the monarch for warAs the author has done so much research into the period as we have all seen on TV other publications and books so this provides an in depth look into a period that has become extremely popular with many people and indeed is a favourite time of Ruth Goodman herself Although of course this was a long way back for us we can still feel the influences of this period today even down to the way we have the courses set out for a large meal with a soup starter mains dessert and a cheese board on offer Also we have drinking looked at here and why what we call ale today is not what a Tudor would consider it to be instead labelling it as beer a concoction that like lager came to us from mainland EuropeTaking in the different public houses and blood sports so we are taken on a trip through the fashions of the age and the relevant sumptuary laws Along with this is of course the way that clothes could be used as currency as such and were still important in wills after all for many centuries what may have been a garment for someone could eventually become an alter cloth or used in other religious ways as items were handed down or willed to others throughout the stage of their wearWith drinking we also have a look at sex in the period and how homosexuality became illegal in a secular way and not just something for the ecclesiastical courts as well as trying to work out what sodomy really is and prostitution With marriage laws looked at and how for instance in Wales being illegitimate was not such a big deal as in England this does give us food for thought We also look at how medicine and the different humours of the body were perceived thus meaning that some people would make dietary changes for their supposed wellbeingWith illustrations an index and other elements that you would expect this does make for a rewarding book for the general reader who is interested in this period of our nation’s history

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READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life · [KINDLE] ❆ How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life By Ruth Goodman – The real Wolf Hall a time traveller's guide to daily life in Tudor EnglandThe Tudor era encompasses someThe real Be a Kindle #214 Wolf Hall a time traveller's guide to daily life in Tudor EnglandThe Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history But while we know about the historical dramas of the How To PDF times most notably in the court of Henry VIII what was life really like for a commoner like you or me To answer this uestion the renowned method histori. With so many books about the Tudor period available there are surprisingly few which actually deal with the normal population In fact fiction is sometimes better than non fiction in giving you an idea about how people lived – with authors such as CJ Sansom and his Shardlake novels painting an evocative picture of the period However most of the history books I have read concentrate on the admittedly larger than life characters that were in power during those time Ruth Goodman admits that she is also fascinated with this period but she has not written a book about the great or the powerful but has instead painted a portrait of ordinary life from dawn to duskWe begin at cock’s crow when people were ready to start another day; usually with a prayer Religion was undoubtedly central to this period and indeed it was a tumultuous period Still Goodman concentrates wisely on the home in this book So we are told about what the Tudor’s valued how they washed work ate and dressedThere are lots of fascinating snippets in this book For example the expression ‘sleep tight’ comes from Tudor beds which had straps at the bottom which could sag if not tightened Who knew that even so long ago back and eggs were already viewed as an unhealthy breakfast and associated with those who did manual work These are just two examples of endless interesting facts within this book Despite us imagining the past as a simple time it is obvious that the average Tudor had their own rules and etiuette to be followed – from what they were allowed to wear to how they greeted each other and when they ate This really does give a good insight into a period when people were all too recognisable and understandable despite the amount of time that has passed

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An and historical advisor to the BBC Ruth To Be a Epub #223 Goodman has slept washed and cooked as the Tudors did so you don't have to She is your expert guide to this fascinating era drawing on years of practical historical study to show how our ancestors To Be a Tudor A PDF or coped with everyday life from how they slept to how they courted Using a vast range of sources sh. Ruth Goodman’s focus on what life might have been like as an ‘ordinary’ person living in Tudor times was a much interesting endeavour to me than accounts of the sumptuous lives of the great and the good Or the not so great and the not so good who just happened to be wealthyGoodman is not just a writer and researcher of the period but known as a presenter of ‘Reality History’ programmes where she carries out as far as possible practical exercises to see just what things might have been like – how DO you bake bread in a Tudor oven with flour which is very different from today’s kind how do you make Tudor ‘ale’ from scratch fermenting your grainsOverall the reading left me feeling utterly exhausted – because the life of a working class Tudor person was unbelievably dreadfully hard – if for example you worked the land ploughing was something which went on for most of the year and work needed doing on the soil No mechanisation of course and the ploughman in summer would be up by 430 am and would finish with darkness – so the working day might end at 10pm And there would be the oxenhorses to take care of The life of Mrs Ploughman was no bed of roses either Fires to tend bread to bake ale to brew not to mention endless children to bear care for and keep out of the way of the fire the bread and the aleThe structure of the book works well Goodman takes us from dawn to dusk and by this device bolts on all sorts of other considerations – what do you do with your small amount of earned leisure what was the Tudor attitude to sex – the day ends with bedtime after all – what about the clothes you wore how would they have been made how were they washedI was fascinated to read how in some ways little changes – what sounded like a description of a Tudor rave where“an alehouse keeper in 1606 in Yorkshire was fined for holding Sunday dances that were attracting over a hundred young people to dance to the music of the piper and drummer he had laid on”I’m not planning on trying this one myself but Goodman wanted to see whether our perception of everyone in Tudor times stinking because they didn’t wash themselves top to toe – but just the bits that showed – hands and faces was accurate Well apparently those Tudors who could were scrupulous about changing their undies Goodman discovered to her surprise we are of course talking about natural fabrics rather than synthetics that for true stinkyness the wrong choice is to bathe the entire body but wear the undies for several days Unwashed bodies with daily fresh undies is the sweeter smelling option And is even remarkable those undie changes when you think that hot water did not gush from taps everything had to be heated on wood or coal fires so clean linen was an incredibly time consuming activityI was impressed by the care and understanding Tudor agriculturalists showed to their land and their seeds Not for them the disaster we have made of the earth by flogging land to mineral deficiency by monoculture and by drastic reduction of the seed bank leaving our crops far vulnerable to the effects of a blight which could sweep world wide The Tudors were farming via rotation of crops allowing a field to lie fallow to replenish every few years – and deliberately mixing varieties of grain so vulnerabilities to a decimating pathogen attacking a single species is minimisedI was fascinated to discover how formal and controlled society was – there was legislation around clothing – depending on your social class and employment certain cloths cuts and colours were not allowed and fashionistas who attempted to dress ‘above their station’ could be prosecuted Clothes were meant to show who you were and what your place was in society Wearing clothes not applicable to your class wealth or occupation was in some ways seen as attempting fraud or deception I thought about modern attempts for different reasons to ban female clothing covering the body on French beaches Clothes as a medium of state controlThere was so very much to enjoy and find fascinating in this – and particularly as a female to feel incredibly grateful to be living in this place and this time Many of us feel desperately short of time with far too much to dobut in truth we are remarkably fortunatePerhaps one enviable thought is that this was a time of expansion and a time of confidence particularly in Elizabeth’s reign A sense of energy positivity – and I suppose the still felt repercussions of the RenaissanceMy only real cavil with the book itself comes from making the wrong decision to get this on digital download – I strongly advise the wood book There are illustrations and on digital they are not where you want them They are all lumped at the end difficult to get tomake happen and there is no way of knowing where they might have usefully fitted into the text Some of Goodman’s not uite easily understood instructions on how to make a ruff or the layers and slashings on doublets kirtles false sleeves and the like would have made much sense with facing pages of illustrationsThat aside this was an absorbing read and I am minded to investigate a similar book she has written about the Victorians