on 4 January 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.
on 18 June 2010
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.