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How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life (original 2015; edição 2016)

por Ruth Goodman (Autor)

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On the heels of her triumphant How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman travels even further back in English history to the era closest to her heart, the dramatic period from the crowning of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to sixteenth-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work celebrates the ordinary lives of those who labored through the era. From sounding the "hue and cry" to alert a village to danger to malting grain for homemade ale, from the gruesome sport of bear-baiting to cuckolding and cross-dressing?the madcap habits and revealing intimacies of life in the time of Shakespeare are vividly rendered for the insatiably curious.… (mais)
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Título:How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life
Autores:Ruth Goodman (Autor)
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I picked this up because I liked How to Be a Victorian so much and wanted something kind of similar. This was not as good as the last book, mostly because it’s more of an overview and doesn’t go into detail about all the different levels of society the same way, but it was still good and informative and interesting. Perhaps a little more quickly written?

I think what I appreciate the most about Goodman’s histories in general is how they don’t shy away from historical realities. Winters were uncomfortable if you were poor because you couldn’t stay warm. You needed your kids to be helping at home or you couldn’t make ends meet. Clothing was extremely expensive and you could only afford new clothes by saving up or being super rich. Things you know if you think about them, but having them laid out on the page makes them more real.

And secondly, I like the intimate details of how to do things like brewing ale or making cheese. You get a real sense of how much effort it took to do things and how much skill was involved, and also of how leisure activities like dancing or archery actually worked. There’s a lot I didn’t think to consider and a lot I found enlightening, and a lot I’m going to be taking with me into historical fiction for sure—but at the same time, because this is an overview, you don’t get everything. Goodman talks about how to plow a field and sow your crops and about painting as a career, but she doesn’t talk about what a merchant did or what the life of a nobleman was like apart from clothing or any of the other hundred paths a man could take—and it’s the same handful of described jobs for women.

Where I found this book really lacking, though, is in the descriptions and some of the assumptions that Goodman makes re: general cultural knowledge. Between the photos and descriptions in Victorian, I could get a sense of things like house layouts, cooking set-ups, and household tools and activities, but I didn’t get the same sense in Tudor. Again, part of that’s because things varied too much between economic levels for her to tackle everything, but she also doesn’t hit the same degree of detail. There’s a section on how to roast meat over a fire that talked about spits and layering meat and the sort of flame you want, but not how to lay the fire or arrange the meat or that when she said “dogs” she meant “upright metal posts you put the spit on”. (Which is what I mean about cultural knowledge. There are definitely references to political events and figures that don’t get taught that much outside Britain too.)

But overall, I enjoyed the book and I certainly learned a lot! (It might also have set me on a kick of watching all the reenactment shows Goodman appears on. Which have also taught me a lot and shown some of the gaps in her books a little better.) I wouldn’t rec this as a go-to for writers the same way I’d rec Victorian but it’s still a good resource for the period and an interesting read for the layperson.

To bear in mind: Contains historical instances of inequality, especially gendered, and child labour.

7/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
Fun. ( )
  k6gst | Jun 13, 2020 |
I really enjoyed reading about the many facets of Tudor life from someone who has actually lived much of it. This weekend I was able to watch a bread oven being cleared of ashes so that the breads could be put in. So exciting to see what I had just read about! Understanding what was going on made it much more interesting.

I think I'd rather not be a Tudor housewife, but it was lovely finding out more of what it would have been like. ( )
1 vote MarthaJeanne | Jul 15, 2019 |
Loved it, except I highly recommend daily showers. That's just me. ( )
  amylee39 | Jul 16, 2018 |
Ruth Goodman is one of my favourite historians, and I've enjoyed watching her in the following documentary series: Tudor Monastery Farm, Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm, Wartime Farm and Full Steam Ahead.

In How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life, Ruth covers every stage of the day: sleeping, when to rise, washing, dressing, breakfast, education, dinner, men and women's work, leisure time and activities, supper and bedtime.

Goodman packs a punch into these 300 pages and her experience as a living historian is impressive. I especially enjoyed the social etiquette section, and in particular the section about walking and posture. Goodman says that today we can guess someone's nationality from their gait, and in the Tudor period you could guess someone's occupation from the way they walked.

"Ploughmen were described as having a 'plodding' gait, slow and deliberate, while shepherds were renowned for their light and springy step, striding out across the hills." Page 91

Ruth goes on to outline the preferred posture of the era and even touches on the differences wearing ruffs and lace cuffs made to posture and bearing. I'd never considered ruffs other than presuming they'd be uncomfortable to wear, and discovered that they significantly effected the way the wearers stood, ate and held themselves.

I also learned that starching a ruff can take an entire day and a white ruff was a versatile item of clothing thanks to the use coloured starches. Yellow ruffs were worn, pale pink ruffs were worn by young boys, and blue starched ruffs were popular until they became associated with prostitutes and Elizabeth I declared that "no blue starch shall be used or worn by any of her Majesty's subjects." Page 78.

In How To Be a Tudor is full of interesting tidbits like this and I enjoyed them all. Did you know that a middle class woman could be wearing 1000 pins at any one time? And these pins are still being found in the Thames? Wow!

I thoroughly recommend In How To Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life by Ruth Goodman to readers with an interest in history, fashion, England and the Tudor period. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Jan 21, 2018 |
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On the heels of her triumphant How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman travels even further back in English history to the era closest to her heart, the dramatic period from the crowning of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I. Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to sixteenth-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work celebrates the ordinary lives of those who labored through the era. From sounding the "hue and cry" to alert a village to danger to malting grain for homemade ale, from the gruesome sport of bear-baiting to cuckolding and cross-dressing?the madcap habits and revealing intimacies of life in the time of Shakespeare are vividly rendered for the insatiably curious.

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