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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 3Rev Ed edition (16 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750928808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750928809
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Frostycat on 12 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because the jacket implied it would enlighten me about the lives of women in the Tudor period, both aristocratic and common. What it actually did was re-tell the story of the Tudor Royal family (again!). I actually did not learn much at all about women in Tudor times (eg what they wore, how they spoke, what they did all day etc), and learned nothing at all about the average 'woman in the street'. OK, the evidence must be pretty scanty, but this is what I believed the book would be about. It wasn't. It was just another re-telling of the Tudors' story(albeit concentrating on the females), and at the end I was just as in the dark about these 15th century women and their day-to-day lives as I was at the beginning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. J. Smith VINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
The subtitle for Plowden's book is "Queens & Commoners" - the book isn't really. As a previous reviewer has said, it's pretty much a brief retelling of the history of the queens of the Tudor dynasty of which there are plenty of accounts around.

Plowden's prose is very readable, but the book fails to deliver on the what the title promises. There is a little about more ordinary women in the opening and ending section, but nothing to enlighten us to any significant degree. We are not even told a lot about the day to day routine of the women who were the Tudor queens, but are stuck with a rehash of the political history of the times. Disappointing.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By spaceagents on 22 Nov. 2008
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Think again. This book fills in the gaps on what were the common attitudes of the time as well as putting a different perspective on Henry's wives. An interesting and engaging read. Alison Plowden's writing style is very accessible.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not much about commoners 11 Sept. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was disappointed, mostly because I was interested in the how women of the Tudor period lived. The book gave very few details about the average woman, it was mostly about the queens of the period. I gave it 3 stars because what it did do, it did very well. It was a fast moving overview of the Royal Tudor women but there was very little depth.
Vague 27 Nov. 2013
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This is clearly a really vague book that doesn't exactly focus on anything in particular. Wouldn't recommend it as a book about any particular class or person in Tudor England. Reads more like a here's what you might get if you were a chick in the 1500's. However it keeps the broad spectrum in check and doesn't lose readers by snow balling into a million different scattered tangents. It's pointless but a good read.
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