How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman

How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman. A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life. I liked the book a lot and I can’t wait to read the other two books she wrote, see details about the author at the end of the post. How To Be a Tudor deserves 5 stars without a doubt, the book is funny and very informative. I’ve found out lots of things I didn’t know before.

How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman

Ruth starts the book with the chapter “At Cock’s Crow”, so waking up, and goes through all the important things a Tudor would do in his/hers day, ending with “And so to Bed”.

One of the most fascinating things was to read about the food. Food was believed to be similar to the humours of the body. Why the Tudors were choosing to eat each dish in a particular order was again fascinating, especially as we are eating in the same order today. Water was believed that it will drown the fire in the belly, so it was to be avoided. Biscuits could “catch the bottom of the stomach”, so they had to be eaten after pottage or something similar. Some of it is hilarious, but it also reminded me of new faff diets like Paleo or Atkins. She even talks about Tudor takeaways.

Another fascinating thing was washing and the idea that opening up the pores will make the smells of disease get into the body. They were so sure that was the cause that nobody was questioning it.

If you want to know more about: beds, clothing, food, work, entertainment, and even sex in Tudor times, then this is the book for you. It’s a non-fiction history book, but some of the things mentioned there seem to be made-up stories. I would recommend it, it’s fun.

How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman

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My rating: 5/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: Penguin Random House
Year it was published: 2016 (First published in 2015)
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Non-fiction. History
Pages: 320

About the author: Ruth Goodman is a British freelance historian of the Social and Domestic Life of Britain. She appeared in TV shows like Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, and Tudor Monastery Farm. I saw the TV shows and they are great.
Goodman works with museums and theatres too. Due to her involvement in all sort of projects, she can give an accurate account of everyday life.
She published books, besides How To Be a Tudor, she also wrote How to be a Victorian (2014) and How to behave badly in Renaissance Britain (2018).
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4 thoughts on “How To Be a Tudor by Ruth Goodman”

  • Oh I loved the tv shows! I’ll definiteky have to grab this, I found the tudors fascinating when I was at school.

  • This sounds like the kind of book I would love. Another one to add to my ‘must read’ pile!

  • This sounds right up my alley. I loved learning about the Tudors at school but I’m not sure I’d ever want to be one… can you imagine how wiffy the world was back then when people bathed only twice a year! Ick!!!

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