The Lives of Tudor Women
Elizabeth Norton

The Lives of Tudor Women

The Tudor dynasty is remembered for its queens, with the six wives of Henry VIII and Mary I and Elizabeth I shaping England’s destiny. But, what were the lives of Tudor women really like? How were they raised, how did they live and how did they die? Were women sent to school, did they take paid employment and were the political careers of the Tudor queens really so exceptional? These questions and many more are answered in The Lives of Tudor Women, which is the first comprehensive look at the experiences of 50% of the English population in the period.

 

Elizabeth Norton explores the seven ages of Tudor women, from childhood to old age. She looks at the divergent examples of Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VII, who died in infancy and her wet nurse, Cecily Burbage; Elizabeth Barton, a peasant girl who was lauded as a prophetess; Elizabeth Boleyn, who was the mother of a controversial queen; Anne Askew, a religious agitator and Elizabeth I, one of England’s longest-lived queens, amongst many others. Their stories are interwoven with studies of topics ranging from toys to contraception, religious vows to suicide, cookery to witchcraft.

 

In this, the most comprehensive account of the lives of Tudor women ever to be produced, Elizabeth Norton paints a portrait of the lives of queens and serving maids, nuns and harlots, widows and chaperones.

Book Details:

  • Author: Elizabeth Norton
  • Published Year: 2016
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    • US: Pegasus

Elizabeth Norton

Elizabeth Norton has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge, in which she received a double first. She also has a Master of Studies degree from Oxford University and is currently carrying out historical research at King’s College, London. She lives in London with her husband and two young sons. Elizabeth is particularly interested in the Tudor period and the queens of England. She is the author nine books on these subjects, including the first accessible biography of Margaret Beaufort (Amberley), biographies of four of Henry VIII’s wives (Anne Boleyn, Jane Sey...
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Book Reviews

  • "  Elizabeth Norton is one of our finest Tudor historians - and this book proves it. I was enthralled throughout by her brilliantly structured and beautifully crafted evocation of the lives of women of all classes in the Tudor age. It's a book packed with a wealth of telling detail that brings life to its subjects and fascinating insights into their world. Essential reading for Tudor fans and scholars alike! I could not put it down."
    Alison Weir
  • "Elizabeth Norton is one of our finest Tudor historians - and this book proves it. I was enthralled throughout by her brilliantly structured and beautifully crafted evocation of the lives of women of all classes in the Tudor age. It's a book packed with a wealth of telling detail that brings life to its subjects and fascinating insights into their world. Essential reading for Tudor fans and scholars alike! I could not put it down."
    Alison Weir
  • "Groundbreaking - a study of Tudor women, known and unknown, through the prism of Shakespeare's seven ages of man. Norton seamlessly weaves together the experiences of the wealthy and powerful with those of ordinary women through the experiences - marriage, childbirth - that they all share. Widely researched and beautifully written, this is vivid and compelling history."
    Sarah Gristwood, author of Game of Queens
  • "a satisfying series of historical vignettes.  "
    Kirkus
  • "In these absorbing and well-researched portraits, Norton (The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor), an authority on the queens of England, juxtaposes the experiences of prominent and ordinary women across the social, economic, and religious spectra during the Tudor period (1485–1603)…. Norton weaves her stories with an expert hand and illuminates many rarely discussed aspects of daily life for Tudor women."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "With her latest work, Norton provides further evidence of her position as a leading authority on Tudor history. Highly recommended for readers interested in the time period."
    Library Journal
  • "Engrossing and charming…inspiring."
    British Heritage Travel
  • "Anyone interested in expanding and enriching her of his view of the Tudor era will enjoy Norton’s skillfully written study."
    Booklist
  • "an alternately fascinating and repugnant story of this exciting period."
    The New Criterion