aaa1What exactly is our fascination with England’s royal families – historical and contemporary? We love to see Wills and Kate and their children romping around; The Crown on NetFlix about the current monarch’s early years is a huge popular and critical success; and there are many other examples. However, there is a particular interest in the Tudor era, and the colorful characters including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I – the source of hundreds or books and films. I have read many books about the Tudors, but none so interesting and enlightening as The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman.

About The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman: “England’s Tudor monarchs—Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I—are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship. But for all we know about Henry’s quest for male heirs, or Elizabeth’s purported virginity, the private lives of the Tudors remain largely beyond our grasp. In The Private Lives of the Tudors, Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the stage of court. Drawing on the accounts of those closest to them, Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail.”

In addition to all the usual juicy details of these royals, in Ms. Borman’s well-crafted book we are treated to aspects of their lives not often included in biographies – things like what their everyday life was like. As in what their clothing was like, what they ate, and more details than you would care to know about their sex lives and how they gave birth. Indeed, The Private Lives of the Tudors.

The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman is available from Amazon and wherever fine books are sold.