Review: How to be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life, by Ruth Goodman

25622831The Tudor period (1485-1603) is historian Goodman’s favorite. There is nothing dry or tedious about this depiction as the author has been an enthusiastic participant in actually trying out aspects of Tudor life. It’s hard to imagine how different life was from today. Everything is done be hand, for a piece of clothing the sheep needed to be raised and shorn, the wool cleaned and spun and the cloth woven before the garment could be cut and sewn. If there was bad weather and a poor harvest people were hungry. Goodman explains in detail the importance of ploughing the fields and why it was an almost year round task. I enjoyed the explanations of the Tudor origins of expressions such as “pin money” and why we eat our meals in a particular order still following Tudor health guidelines today.

Rating: * * * * Very, very good

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