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A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England [Hardcover]

Suzannah Lipscomb
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15 Mar 2012

For the armchair traveller or those looking for inspiration for a day out, The Visitor's Companion to Tudor England takes you to palaces, castles, theatres and abbeys to uncover the stories behind Tudor England. Susannah Lipscomb visits over fifty historic Tudor sights, from the famous palace at Hampton Court where dangerous court intrigue was rife, to less well-known houses, such as Anne Boleyn's childhood home at Hever Castle or Tutbury Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.

In the corridors of power and the courtyards of country houses we meet the passionate but tragic Kateryn Parr, Henry VIII's last wife, Lady Jane Grey the nine-day queen, and hear how Sir Walter Raleigh planned his trip to the New World. Through the places that defined them, this lively and engaging book reveals the rich history of the Tudors and paints a vivid and captivating picture of what it would have been like to live in Tudor England.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091944848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091944841
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is a historian, author, broadcaster and award-winning academic. She is Senior Lecturer and Convenor for History at New College of the Humanities.

Suzannah is the author of 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII (Lion Hudson, 2009) and A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England (Ebury, 2012). Suzannah is also the co-author of Henry VIII: 500 Facts (HRP, 2009), and co-editor of Henry VIII and the Court: Art, Politics and Performance (Ashgate, forthcoming February 2013).

Suzannah's TV work includes: presenting Bloody Tales of the Tower (NatGeo), The Book Show (Sky Arts), Secret Lives (History, Canada) and Inside the World of Henry VIII (History, UK). As a royal historian, she commentated live from a studio at Buckingham Palace on the Royal Wedding for CTV. She regularly appears on Time Team (Season 20, Channel 4) and Sky News Sunrise reviewing the papers. A second series of Bloody Tales for NatGeo and a history programme for BBC4 have been commissioned for 2013.

Suzannah has a double first in BA History and M.St. in Historical Research from Lincoln College, Oxford and D.Phil. in History from Balliol College, Oxford, where she was a Jowett Senior Scholar. Her previous positions include Royal Historical Society Marshall Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research and Research Curator at Hampton Court Palace.

Suzannah continues to hold a post as Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. She is a consultant to Historic Royal Palaces and on their Research Strategy Board.

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"A genuinely useful and discriminating guide for all Tudor fans. Full of fascinating true stories... it helps us see the world as the Tudors must have seen it."--Hilary Mantel

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Meet the Tudors in this fascinating book about the places where they lived, played and worshipped

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have guide for Tudor history buffs 25 Mar 2012
I was so excited when I heard that Suzannah Lipscomb was writing this book because I knew it would be different to all of the guide books that are out there - and it is. The word "companion" is spot on because it is a guide that will appeal to those who want to actually physically go and visit these Tudor places, and to those who want to be transported from the comfort of their armchair to Tudor England without moving a muscle!

Suzannah's premise in choosing the places to go in the book was that there must be something left of the place that is worth seeing. She could write about Nonsuch Palace and Greenwich Palace, but there is nothing left of them for the visitor to see, so it would be a huge disappointment for people travelling to their locations. So, the focus is on places that Tudor history buffs can go, visit and enjoy.

The book is divided into geographical locations - London and Greater London, South East, South West, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, North East/North West/Yorkshire and the Humber - and there is a useful appendix giving opening times and details of how to get to the places. Each entry gives the history of the place, how it links to the Tudors and what attractions the visitor can expect to see and enjoy there. Being both British and a Tudor history lover, I'm familiar with the majority of the Tudor attractions, but there were some that I had missed and that are now on my list of must-sees - places like Charterhouse and Lincoln's Inn in London.

Written in Suzannah's engaging, easy to read style, this book is perfect for Tudor history lovers whatever their knowledge. It's not an academic history book, it's a guide book to England's beautiful Tudor buildings and a journey back in time, but with the stamp of Suzannah's expertise and Tudor knowledge. A book to add to your suitcase on a trip to the UK or to simply enjoy with a glass of wine after a hard day in the 21st century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb's second book is a guide book but not a conventional one.
So don't expect any photo's or maps.
It's written as if she's gving you a guided tour to all this wonderfull places.
She explains briefly what to look for and what makes it interesting without going into to much details.
It's also conveniently grouped by geographical locations in England and it also gives in the appendix practical information like opening times, contact information and how to get there.
It's written in Dr. Lipscomb informal writing style wich makes it easy to read even if like me English is not your native language.

I know I'll take this with me on my next trip to England and try to see some of these fascinating places.
And I reccomend it to all Tudor lovers.
I guess the only thing better then this guide book would be a personal guided tour with dr. Lipscomb herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Pepper TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I am fascinated by the Tudors, and was interested in finding out about the various locations available to visit which are related to the period. This 'companion' lists numerous locations/ palaces/ castles/churches etc. listing them by location, with a chapter on each with some information about the significance of that particular place and it's relation to the Tudors. It is easy to read, clear and understandable and the chapters aren't too long, it is easy to flick to wherever you want to in the book and come back to it. This book has given me ideas about future places I want to visit, however this book does not list every Tudor related attraction with Anne of Cleves house, Dover Castle and Camber Castle not listed to name a few although this can be forgiven. If you are interested in the Tudor period and wish to discover more about the locations related to the period or want ideas about future days out, buy this.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chance to visit the past 30 Mar 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
There's an old saying that those who don't learn by history are doomed to repeat it. As such I can think of no better way to start a review of this title by Suzannah than that. As this book takes the reader firmly by the hand and brings Tudor England to life through stories of the times and those concerned. What makes this book better however is the fact that they author features tales of places where you can go to not only get a flavour but see what she's talking about.

It really does bring history to life and for me, I can think of no better way to get my nephews into it than by utilising the skills of people like the author. All in the book is well written, easy to follow and with great characters to associate with alongside information placed within easily memorable text, it's a title that entertains and educates which to be honest is no better way to help you get into it. Cracking fun all round and a book I'll be rereading quite a few times and one that will travel with me as I get the fuller flavour to accompany it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much we can still learn by visiting Tudor sites 18 Oct 2012
By Tony
With an interesting format of fifty carefully selected locations across the UK, Suzannah highlights their contribution to our understanding of Tudor times. Descriptions of the Tudor sites are sprinkled through with many often gruesome details of the time, many of which had previously escaped my notice. For example, Suzannah brings her description of Tower Green to life with an account of how the unfortunate Margaret was `chased by her executioner, a wretched and blundering youth... who literally hacked her head and shoulders to pieces in the most pitiful manner.' Some details from Suzannah's visits are poignant, such as seeing that someone had laid pomegranates and fresh flowers at the tomb of Katherine of Aragon at Peterborough Cathedral. Others, such as the terrible events at Glastonbury Tor and the desecration of Fountains Abbey make you think again about the wider implications of the dissolution of the monasteries. One of my favourites is the aside that the Tudor Queen Elizabeth enjoyed the sport of bear baiting, with dogs. I'll spare the details but it does help to underline the importance of appreciating the cultural values of the period - and how much we can still learn by visiting the Tudor sites that remain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Rarely write reviews to be honest, but I had to share my love for this book. Great little book to read before going to one of the fantastic Tudor places. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sofia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but disappointing as not enough about the vernacular.
I prefer history books about the ordinary person's way of life rather than the grand ones. So only personal opinion. Reads well.
Published 11 months ago by E. M. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Full of facts and written in a way that just makes it totally engrossing, I'm not a geek just someone that finds the Tudors fascinating! nice one Suzannah
Published 12 months ago by Robert H Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading
i love history and this book told me a lot of intersting things i didnt know.have ordered the Elizabethan one.
Published 13 months ago by mazzarati
1.0 out of 5 stars I am not an idiot
I found this book very basic indeed. I could of copy and pasted a multitude of ineterseting facts and made them floe much more logically and coherently! Read more
Published 13 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars a visitors companion to Tudor England
This is a great book and recommended to take with you on your travels! You just don't know when some place or other will come up.
Published 16 months ago by Bill
2.0 out of 5 stars not a very useful guide book
Had expected that this book would include photos, floor plans, details of how to get to these places, where to stay etc. as well as the history and and architecture with photos. Read more
Published 21 months ago by cosmicelk
3.0 out of 5 stars an odd one
Hmmm, I think i was expecting something completely different, more like A Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer (which incidentally is a brilliant book). Read more
Published 22 months ago by LumpySpacePrincess
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzannah Lipscomb Tudor England
Really glad I bought this book, I live very near Pontefract Castle and as a child it was my playground, so I was interested in history from an early age. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pete, Pontefract
5.0 out of 5 stars A visitor's companion to Tudor England
Very usefull to explore what is left from the Tudor period. Descriptions of the castles, houses and monuments and the Tudor history involved. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Diederik
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