Recommended Book of the Week: The Private Lives of the Tudors - by Tracy Borman

The Tudors

The Tudors - Credit: Archant

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty - by Tracy Borman.

England’s Tudor monarchs Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their efforts to overturn the religious order, are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship. But for all we know about Henry’s quest for male heirs, or Elizabeth’s purported virginity, the private lives of the Tudors remain largely beyond our grasp.

In this new book, Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the court. Drawing on the accounts of those closest to them, Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail. What did the monarchs eat? What clothes did they wear, and how were they designed, bought, and cared for? How did they practice their faith? And in earthlier moments, who did they love, and how did they give birth to the all-important heirs?

Borman charts out the course of the entire Tudor dynasty, surfacing new and fascinating insights into these celebrated figures.