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Tudor Monastery Farm: Life in rural England 500 years ago [Hardcover]

Peter Ginn , Ruth Goodman
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10 Oct 2013

Ruth Goodman and Peter Ginn have become familiar faces on BBC2 after their hugely popular and immersive time-travelling experiments, Victorian, Edwardian and Wartime Farm. But for their fourth series, and our accompanying book, they have joined forces with Tom Pinfold to take on their biggest challenge yet: going back to Tudor England to endure the harsh realities of working for an Abbey Farm.

Peter, Ruth and Tom are trained historians, driven by new research and discovery. They are passionate about bringing period details to life, and they do that for us by comprehensively inhabiting the era for months, using only materials, tools and technology available at the time, to earn their living, celebrate their holidays, clothe and feed themselves and their families. Follow them as they discover how to build a pigsty, brew their own ale, forge their own machinery and keep a Tudor household.

Scrupulously researched, totally authentic and with its own contemporary narrative playing out within an accurate reconstruction of Tudor England, this is a fantastic glimpse into history, as it was lived. This is set to be Peter, Ruth and Tom's most ambitious historical assignment yet.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Books (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849906920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849906920
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a six-part BBC2 series this autumn, popular historians Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold go back to Tudor England to experience work as lay folk on an Abbey Farm. Shot on location at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, West Sussex, www.wealddown.co.uk

About the Author

Ruth Goodman is a specialist in British social history. She appeared as a presenter on all three previous Farm series, and co-authored the tie-in books. She is also a regular expert on The One Show.

Peter Ginn is a trained archaeologist and historian, and appeared in all the previous series. He studied at University College London and has a passion for making the past accessible to all. Tudor Farm is the latest project in his career of 'avoiding a proper job'.

Tom Pinfold is the latest addition to the Farm team. A military historian, he has worked on a number of naval events in Liverpool in conjunction wtih the Royal Navy, and has also worked as an archaeologist at the Museum of London.


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By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As with 'Wartime Farm', the TV series hasn't even been broadcast at the time of writing this review, but the BBC have had the book of the series out for a few weeks now.

If the book is anything to go by, we are in for a treat. No Alex Langlands for this series- I believe he is completing his Ph.D. - but a new face, military historian Tom Pinfold, to join the familiar, much-loved team of historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologist Peter Ginn.

Though as anyone who has watched the previous programmes knows, Ruth is generally our phenomenally hard working guide to domestic life; Peter is the heroic soul who has a go at making almost anything and gets most of the hard slog and dirty jobs around the farm. Alex was known for making cutting, pithy comments and avoiding the dirty work where possible; it will be interesting to see if Tom picks up this role!

The 2005 series 'Tales from the Green Valley' was a proto-Farm programme, covering the 1620s. In going back to the 1500s the Monastery Farm team have avoided what might have been rehashing of old material.
A lot of the material in Wartime Farm was vaguely familiar and much was recognisable. For non-historians Tudor Monastery Farm breaks new ground. It's absolutely packed with information - with quite small print there's value for money in the amount of facts supplied.
As with previous Farm books there are gorgeous stills from the programme as illustrations throughout, from the skilled photographer Laura Rawlinson.

The book is divided into seven major chapters. Ruth, Peter and Tom take on the roles of tenants of the monastery farm, so the first section is an in-depth but interesting introduction to the monastic system.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoy this book. 13 April 2014
By linda
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The only disappointment in this book is that it does not include a bibliography for further reading. I would like to have had references for Tudor recipes, and for more in depth information on a variety of the crafts, like bookbinding, and paper making, and skep weaving. I would reccommend this book to anyone who is intersted in how our ancestors lived and thrived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 11 Mar 2014
By Helen
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As with the other books by this series, this is amazing. Follows the television program /series perfectly. If you haven't seen the television series and are just interested in Tudor period then this book is perfect. It explains everything and in such great detail. When you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down! I would recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tudor Monastry Farm 8 Feb 2014
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I watched the series on t.v. and was enthralled. My husband bought me this book for Christmas,, I love it. I have watched all the series, Victorian farm, Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm and Victorian Pharmacy. Ruth Goodman is so hands on and tells us so much. V ery readable and makes us think about the present day - how would we have coped?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 23 Jan 2014
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This is a fantastic book to go with the series. It's got fabulous pictures and its great to read all about what they did on the farm. Very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must to buy 13 Jan 2014
By GillyK
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Very interesting and informative about life in Tudor times
showing how they cooked and looked after the farm. The team make it so interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History comes to life. 10 Jan 2014
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Great informative illustrated book to go with the bbc tv series. Good quality hardback book to grace any deserving bookshelf!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 5 Jan 2014
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A good read. If you like the tv show then this is good to go with it although perhaps not as detailed as it could be.
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Published 2 days ago by Ian Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars so imformative
loved this book , well illustrated, lots of information, not too heavy a read for the layman but has given me incentive to look for even more on the subject, a good introduction to... Read more
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Birthday present for daughter in law who requested this present and was pleased when it arrived.What more can I add?
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You cannot go wrong for 10 pounds. Book is informative with great illustrations etc. I just wished i had bought 2.
Published 4 months ago by james couzens
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable ... Great layout and pics.
Very enjoyable with fabulous pictures and facts. Great layout. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the series. The bright clean layout helped it flow. Loved it.
Published 4 months ago by Katie Lafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars A right good read......
History for all from three familiar faces on TV. Suitable for older children and adults alike.

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Published 4 months ago by pete merifield
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor Farm
Got this book for my wife's collection of "Farm" books and videos. Had no complaints yet, so it must be good.
Published 4 months ago by Brian L. Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tudor Monastery Farm
A good sequel to the previous 'Farm' books.
Well written, informative, down to earth.
Will there be a follow up?
Published 5 months ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Adding to the collection
We have watched all the previous series by this team and really enjoyed them. I wouldn't have bothered with the book myself but my husband has had each of the books associated with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Smith
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