The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History

Written by:
Elizabeth Norton
Narrated by:
Jennifer M. Dixon

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2017
12 hours 21 minutes
The Tudor period conjures up images of queens and noblewomen in elaborate court dress; of palace intrigue and dramatic politics. But if you were a woman, it was also a time when death during childbirth was rife; when marriage was usually a legal contract, not a matter for love, and the education you could hope to receive was minimal at best.

Yet the Tudor century was also dominated by powerful and dynamic women in a way that no era had been before. Historian Elizabeth Norton explores the life cycle of the Tudor woman, from childhood to old age, through the diverging examples of women such as Elizabeth Tudor, Henry VIII's sister; Cecily Burbage, Elizabeth's wet nurse; Mary Howard, widowed but influential at court; Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of a controversial queen; and Elizabeth Barton, a peasant girl who would be lauded as a prophetess. Their stories are interwoven with studies of topics ranging from Tudor toys to contraception to witchcraft, painting a portrait of the lives of queens and serving maids, nuns and harlots, widows and chaperones. Norton brings this vibrant period to colorful life in an evocative and insightful social history.
Profile Avatar
Lisa H.

So much interesting information here! It kept my interest the entire time. I learned so much!!

Profile Avatar

Book was good it was the volume of the narrative that I didnt like. Couldnt hear alot of it because of the recording volume so low.

Profile Avatar
Kristen N.

Wonderfully researched and written.

Profile Avatar
Taylor C.

Well told stores of women across the class spectrum in 16th and 17th century England.

Profile Avatar
Joyce D.

Very interesting

Profile Avatar
Vicky W.


Profile Avatar

It was not quite what I was looking for.

1 book added to cart
View Cart