Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Journey Through Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb

  • THE BOOK
    • A Journey Through Tudor England: Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London to Stratford-upon-Avon and Thornbury Castle by Suzannah Lipscomb
      • Known as A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England in Great Britain
    • March 15, 2012
    • Other works by author include: 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII, Tudors: The Illustrated History and Six Queens: The Wives of Henry VIII

  • THE PREMISE
    • A tour of the various places associated with the Tudor monarchs: Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I.
    • The book is arranged geographically by area in England.
    • In each section, most of which are only 4 to 5 pages long, the place is described and a story of a Tudor personage (Shakespeare, Henry VIII's wives, Jane Grey, etc...) is covered. The author also catalogs the various pieces of art located at each place.
    • Many places from the Tudor world have been destroyed by time or progress and these merit mentions as well, sometimes only as ruins.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • A fun, quick read but one I spent constantly stopping and searching for photographs of things on my tablet because the book has no illustrations aside from those in chapter headings.
      • When the author is describing a painting of Queen Elizabeth, say, or the paneling at a castle, it really helps if you can look at them rather than just reading a description. This is one of the best things about the Internet.
      • I would assume that getting rights to all the necessary photographs as well as the increased cost to print the book kept this from being an illustrated volume. It is the one thing that really detracts from the book.
    • I am a big Tudor history buff so I knew a lot of the information on offer. 
    • I think this would be a great book to have with you while traveling around England. If you wanted to map out a visit or learn where to find the hidden gems at each place I would recommend reading the appropriate section before each visit.
    • I saw the author on a recent PBS showing of her "Hidden Killers" series (of the Tudor home, the Victorian home, the Edwardian home and the post-war home - your toys, food, gadgets, clothes and so forth can KILL YOU!) which were really interesting. She is a historian whose specialty is the Tudor period.
    • Recommended for fans of English history.
    • ★ ★ ★

1 comment:

  1. Once more, the English get a different and more concise title for their version of the book. I can become an expert, too, if you Tudor me.

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