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Alison Sim
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30 April 2009
A delightful book detailing the games and ways in which the Tudors amused themselves

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075245031X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752450315
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alison Sim is a costumed guide at Hampton Court Palace, who has worked at the Tower of London and lectured on Tudor food for the Mary Rose Trust. She is the author of "The Tudor Housewife" and "Food and Feast in Tudor England."

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2.0 out of 5 stars a pleasure to read! 4 Jan 2008
Alison Sim's easy to read style brings the reader directly into contact with the pastimes - and priorities - of the everyday tudor person. This is an excellent introduction into the background of the period, covering too the changes wrought to the leisure occupations of the citizenry by the upheavels of the reformation; and so useful to an early tudor researcher as well as the elizabethan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor cheer 18 Jun 2010
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This is an excellent and informative book, with chapters on all the various ways in which Tudor people enjoyed themselves - dancing and music, sports and games, reading, the theatre, seasonal celebrations, etc. It is a useful reminder that life in Tudor England wasn't all about people being burnt at the stake or having their heads chopped off.

There are many interesting quotations from Tudor sources, in the chapter on christenings, weddings, and funerals for instance,there is this description of a bride's progress to church:

"She wsa led to Church between two sweete boyes, with Bridelaces and Rosemary tied about their silken sleeves; the one of them was sonne to Sir thomas Parry, the other to Sir Francis Hungerford. Then there was a fair Bride-cup of silver and gilt carried before her, wherein was a godly bunch of Rosemary gilded very fare, hung about with silken Ribands of all colours; next there a noyse of Musicians that played all the way before her: after that came the chiefesst maidens of the Country, some bearing great Bride Cakes and some garlands of wheate finely gilded, and so she passed into the Church"

It makes modern weddings sound very tame by comparison.

Anyone interested in how people lived in Tudor times should find this book very interesting and informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure and pastimes 16 July 2013
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Interesting social study. An easy read that supports the history of the time. Recommended reading for those who know little of the everyday life of later medieval times, but too light for those in the know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 July 2014
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Bought this for my research and it is exactly what I needed. Alison Sim is a real and unsung expert on Tudor England.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overall View of Tudor Enjoyments 1 Jun 2000
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In studying the Tudor era for my character role in a local Renaissance Faire, I ran across this book by Alison Sim during a search. It's a wonderful book divided into various chapters centering on separate items which made up Tudor enjoyments. Chapters in the book include clothing, architecture, reading, dancing, theatre, and hunting & games, to name a few. Ms. Sim's writing is not the least bit dry and makes the facts enjoyable to read about. It's a must for anyone like me who is studying the time period to improve upon their faire or SCA persona as well as to add to their knowledge in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What was it like? 27 Oct 2013
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This is a bit scholarly but I love it - it TELLS you what went on! Each chapter deals with a different subject in detail, but easy reading Not a fluff piece, which some people might not like, but still not dull or stuffy. Very informative for those who really want to know what it was like!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor England 7 Oct 2013
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Tudor England is a favorite topic of mine. I have been to England about 14 times & visited many Tudor sites. When reading this book, I was able to plug the information from this book into my 'view' of Tudor Englad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 11 Nov 2012
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This is a good read. Lots of information I did not know. It also gave info on myths that aren't true but still told today.
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