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  1. says:

    This focused on some of the most famous women in the Tudor era.Among them Margaret Beaufort,Catherine of Aragon,Anne Boleyn,Katherine Parr and Elizabeth I.For the most part the book follows the lives of these amazing queens.They set the example in their times for dress,education,entertainment,social and religious life.Each chapter follows one queen and gives us a look at her history and explains how they coped with the possibilities,demands and limitations of every day life.A small section in the back provides a glimpse at the life of the common Tudor woman.Her life revolved around the business of the household and everything that it entailed.From making their own milk and cheeses to running the whole establishment in their husbands absence.Apart from domestic life,these women also took up occupations such as tailoring,embroidery,inn keeping,laundresses,brewers and many others.Well researched and very readable.


  2. says:

    I thought this book would be about Queens Commoners the book was mostly about the wives of Henry 8th already well documented I would like to have ready about the common woman of the time.


  3. says:

    2 1 2 starsI was very excited by the title of this book because while I ve read any number of Tudor histories, I know little about commoner s lives and was hoping that this book would open that chapter for me Unfortunately, the chapter about commoners was all of five pages Hence the rather low rating of 2 1 2 stars.The book starts with Margaret Beaufort, who I knew little about before this book She was married at 12 to Edmund Tudor in 1455 Edmund died in November, 1456 and Henry late Henry VII was born in January, 1457 Margaret was never to conceive again.The War of the Roses caused Margaret and Henry to be separated Henry s wardship was sold to Yorkist Lord Herbert of Raglan.Margaret married Henry Stafford, the son of Duke of Buckingham The resurgence of the house of Lancaster began in the 1470s The Battle of Tewksbury in May of 1471 left Henry at 15 years old the sole surviving representative of the house of Lancaster His Jasper Tudor took him to Brittany.Easter 1483, Edward IV died, and the 13 year old Prince of Wales succeeded The King s brother Richard seized power, said his nephews were illegitimate and put them in the Tower Once Richard was crowned, Henry was the only rival to the throne.This speculates that Margaret Beaufort instigated the Tudor claim to the throne Margaret Beaufort enlisted support of Elizabeth Woodville, the widow of Edward IV, the mother of the boys in the tower She had been stripped of her possessions by Richard III Margaret Beaufort suggested marriage between Henry and Elizabeth s oldest daughter Elizabeth At the battle of Bosworth, Henry won the Crown from Richard III.Margaret Beaufort became countess of Richmond and Derby, received the wardship of Edward Stafford, son of the Duke of Buckingham Parliament of 1485 gave her the rights and privileges of a sole person, not wife nor covert of any husband which gave her control of her own fortune Margaret Beaufort set down ordinances rules about running the household She managed her estates and the estates of her ward Buckingham She gave large gifts to Cambridge and endowments to Christ s college and founded St John s The following chapters concentrated on the other queens Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves who I believe had the best situation of all the wives, Katherine Howard, and then finally Katherine Parr Then Mary I and Elizabeth I Having read and reviewed a number of books on Henry s wives, Mary and Elizabeth, I ll gloss over these women here.When at last the final chapter is reached and the commoners are discussed, it s quite amazing to discover what their lives were like The authors lists some of the opportunities that were available for women in Elizabethan times domestic service, which was often a stepping stone to marriage, wet and dry nursing, tailoring, governess, waiting gentlewoman in a great household A woman could do upholstery work, millinery, embroidery, innkeeping, laundry, brewing, baking She could be a fishwife, an astrologer, or a midwife Marriage to a member of a trade guild conferred certain rights to the woman, which she retained in widowhood and could pass on to a second husband.Wash day involved steeping, beating heavy linens with wooden bats, bleaching, smoothing, folding, etc This was done every three months or so This is just the beginning A woman running her household must have worked from dawn to long after dark to accomplish everything that was required It makes me grateful to be born in an age when we have so many machines to help do the work Maybe I was expecting too much maybe there was so much work to do that there wasn t much else in a common woman s life for this book to talk about.


  4. says:

    Me gust mucho conocer a cerca de esta dinast a, una de las m s famosas Y claro ten a que ser por Enrique VIII aunque la historia se remonta m s atr s de Enrique VII.Este libro junto con la serie de Historias Horribles se complementan mucho ya que los datos son semejantes en ambos y por lo tanto se puede entender que es verdad, aunque en una lo pongan m s chistosa que en el libro, pero aun as es la misma historia.Lo que m s me confundi de este libro fue el hecho de que mencionaran los t tulos completos de los duques y duquesas que aquella poca, no estoy tan habituado a las casa de los nobles ingleses, pero los que conoc a hac a que tuviera una mayor relevancia.Por otro lado, como el libro se llama Las Mujeres Tudor, l gicamente se enfoc m s a las mujeres y lo malo es que en lo que respecta a historia uno tiene m s presente a los hombres que gobernaron, entonces ese fue un punto a disfavor m a ya que igual no conoc a a muchas que mencionaban, aunque en realidad las que m s resaltaban eran las 7 esposas de Enrique, Isabel, Maria y Juana Meti mucho duquesas, plebeyas, damas de compa a y nobleza y algunas de plano ni me acuerdo de quienes eran.Pero muy buen libro, me gusta aprender m s sobre la historia de Inglaterra ya que estoy m s familiarizado que con la de mi propio pa s pero nunca esta dem s conocer otras culturas.


  5. says:

    As a brief study of the women in Henry VIII s life this works very well It manages to be entertaining and enjoyable, while also being informative It gives some sense of the trials faced by these royal women There are times when the opinions of the author are expressed with very little evidence as to how these opinions were formed or what they were based on, and at times this leads to book to be highly dismissive of some figures However my main gripe is with how the book is presented The edition i read, published in 2002, gives the subtitle as Queens and Commoners , there is one six page chapter devoted to commoners and even this focuses mainly on very great ladies such as Bess of Hardwick Throughout the rest of the book there are fleeting mentions of ordinary folk, but always in relation to how the actions of Henry s queens was representative to an accepted attitude or norm Ultimately this is an acceptable read if you are looking for a somewhat basic guide to the women in Henry s life, if you want something that will give you any insight into ordinary Tudor women read something else


  6. says:

    FanTABulous I haven t read a history book that s this much fun in years This is a great introduction to or refresher in the Tudor monarchs It s focused on women King Henry VIII s death and his son Edward VI s reign get only a few sentences each which provides a nice, tight focus to a turbulent era The title is only half right no commoners are mentioned by name in the book, although their mob like reactions to moral issues or political events are recorded The very last chapter is a fun, fast look at the basic s and customs of women, whatever their social status, but it s an afterthought The book is instead about the highest ranking women in the land from Henry VII through Elizabeth I, starting with Margaret Beaufort The writing style is taut, yet it leaves room for lots of judiciously chosen tidbits from the women s personal lives I ve read at least a dozen of Plowden s English history books, and this read like the distillation of all that If anyone s looking into getting into Tudor history, I would recommend this book.


  7. says:

    My copy was titled Tudor Women Queens and Commoners It s an older version by the author and had precious little about common women of the period Easy to understand language about the important Tudor women i.e Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn, etc but I wish the book had been longer only 168 pages and detailed about ALL the women of that time period.


  8. says:

    This was so pleasant Learning about how women of Tudor England lived in the absence of tragedy is too rare a thing Some of the information is outdated, of course, because of the age of the book, but I recommend it to all fascinated by Henry VIII s court.


  9. says:

    3.5 A short, informative read, but really just a glossing over A few notable errors, mostly in erroneously attributed quotes Decent book for a lukewarm Tudor phile.


  10. says:

    It s okay I actually checked this book out of the library where they have an older copy of it titled Tudor Women Queens and Commoners and the back markets the book as a study on the everyday life of women in Tudor England The author does throw a bit of that in every once in awhile in the midst of explaining the lives of the wives of King Henry, but there s not much on anyone else in other words, it wasn t at all what I was looking for nor how it s marketed on this older copy The updated description here on goodreads is much accurate It s a great basic guide to Henry VIII s queens, but not precisely what I needed I suggest you go elsewhere if you need information on non royal Tudor women.


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Tudor Women This Volume Gives An Account Of The Women Both Behind The Scenes And At The Forefront Of Th Century English History, Including Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I, Mary Queen Of Scots, And Henry VIII S Six Wives The Women Of The Royal Family Are The Central Characters What They Ate, How They Dressed, The Books They Read, And The Letters They Wrote Are All Addressed Yet Even The Greatest Of These Women Suffered The Universal Legal And Physiological Disabilities Of Womanhood, And While Some Triumphed Over Them, Others Went Under