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    Suzannah Lipscomb(Author)

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Using place as a lens through which to view history, come take a vivid and captivating journey through England's most vibrant era

For the armchair traveler or for those looking to take a trip back to the colorful time of Henry VIII and Thomas Moore,A Journey Through Tudor England takes you to the palaces,castles, theatres and abbeys to uncover the stories behind this famed era. Suzannah Lipscomb visits over fifty Tudor places, from the famous palace at Hampton Court, where dangerous court intrigue was rife, to less well-known houses such as Anne Boleyn’s childhood home at Hever Castle, or Tutbury Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.In the corridors of power and the courtyards of country houses, we meet the passionate but tragic Katheryn Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife; Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen; and come to understand how Sir Walter Raleigh planned his trip to the New World. Through the places that defined them, this lively and engaging book reveals the rich history of the Tudors and paints a vivid and captivating picture of what it would have been like to live in Tudor England. 16 pages of B&W and color photographs

“A genuinely useful and discriminating guide for all Tudor fans. Full of fascinating true stories. It helps us see the world as the Tudors must have seen it.” - Hilary Mantel, Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies Suzannah Lipscomb, PhD, co-presented "Inside the World of Henry VIII" on the History Channel. Her new three-part series on the Tower of London aired on National Geographic Channel. She is the author of 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII, and writes frequently for BBC History Magazine and History Today. She lives in London.

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  • PDF | 336 pages
  • Suzannah Lipscomb(Author)
  • Pegasus Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2013)
  • English
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  • By Stephanie A. Mann on June 23, 2014

    Lipscomb selects her locations very carefully: the site or building has to have a crucial Tudor connection--to an event or a person important to the era--and there has to be something to see that will help the Tudor traveler, armchair or not, understand both the significance of the location and of the person or event. She selects 50 locations and restricts herself to England proper (not even going to Wales). Although she provides an appendix of "Opening Times and How to Get There" I think the book serves as background to certain sites rather than a guidebook--it lacks a map. Also, except for sketches at the beginning of each chapter of the building or ruin (formerly Catholic sites like abbeys and shrines) there are few illustrations and none of the portraits mentioned in certain chapters are reproduced in the book--but the reader can search for them online, I suppose.The author has her bona fides: as Kirkus Review notes: "Lipscomb (Early Modern History/Univ. of East Anglia; 1536: The Year that Changed Henry VIII, 2009) combines her credentials as historian/TV presenter/author to give us a thorough history/guided tour of the Tudors." She also has her theories and biases, and because she is presenting history in this rather unsystematic way, there are lapses in detail. Starting with the latter, she mentions that neither Henry VIII or Mary attended Katherine of Aragon's funeral at Peterborough Cathedral--but does not clarify that Mary wanted to attend and Henry forbade her. That's an important detail. Lipscomb also sides with those who select 1501 rather than 1507 for Anne Boleyn's year of birth which I think makes little sense if Henry wanted a younger woman to bear him a healthy son and heir. Why would he marry a 32 year old woman?Although Lipscomb mentions only "Protestant martyrs" in her introduction (p. 2), she actually dedicates much more ink to the Catholic martyrs during Henry VIII's and Elizabeth I's reigns: the Carthusians of the Charterhouse in London, St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, St. Edmund Campion, St. Robert Southwell, and St. Henry Walpole. While she explores a Catholic safe house (Harvington Hall) and thus discusses Catholic dissent from the established Church of England, she does not present an example of Puritan dissent from Elizabeth I's incomplete reformation of that via media, as they viewed it. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I receive the lion's share of attention, although Lipscomb's treatments of Henry VII and Mary I are balanced and fair--Edward VI is a little slighted. Of Henry's six wives of course Anne Boleyn dominates--but Lipscomb offers a convincingly sympathetic analysis of Anne of Cleves.This was an entertaining book offering a different angle on familiar Tudor history. I think a reader would need to know more about Tudor history, however, to have the proper line of sight for this angle.

  • By Jane in Milwaukee on November 27, 2014

    I'm sort of surprised at the somewhat lukewarm reception of this book. I think it's marvelous. Yes, if it were a picture book, a guide book with all the glossy color photos, it would be perfect for me. But you should realize that this book's pages are coarse, not glossy; otherwise, it would cost 3x as much.So, certainly, the biggest con of the book is the lack of pictures. But how many people read "The Da Vinci Code?" We lucked out on finding the illustrated version and now it ALL made sense...all the visual references and descriptions.I have the benefit of a whole bunch of other books on Tudor history, tour books and National Trust guides which analyze and display all the innards of the castles, cathedrals, churches and Great Houses. My biggest advantage is being married to an Englishman. He's taken me over the pond about a dozen times in our 20-yr marriage and I've been inside several of the places discussed in this book.What this book does that no other one does is explain in great detail the history swirling around each building. Each place is put into historic context in its construction and contemporary use. There is a seamless discussion of how it looked when it was built, when and how it changed, how it looks now (if still standing) and whether you can get into it. But further, the royals' and nobles' lives are explained so perfectly as they related to these fascinating places.I can find no fault whatsoever with the text. In fact, Suzannah Lipscomb has a PhD and a university professor of history. We can see her on the BBC or our American TV with "Inside the World of Henry VIII" on the History Channel. I saw the 3-part show on the Tower of London on National Geographic was fascinating. That place has been studied and written about for a millennium so you have to do some serious digging to bring up new details and a fresh glance.I'm very familiar with the history of Mary, Queen of Scots and in just 4 pages, the author explains her life so distinctly. Probably few people know that Mary spent her formative years in France, treated better than even King Henri's children because she was a queen regnant since a newborn. Did you know when she left for Scotland when she 18, she was already the Dowager Queen of France? She had married Dauphin Francois and he was crowned king when his father died from injuries in one of those annoying jousts. The elder Dowager Queen, Catherine de Medici, sent Mary packing as soon as the sickly Francois died. Mary had a huge impact on Elizabethan England, almost turning it into Marian England. They were first cousins once removed (Elizabeth was the granddaughter of Henry VII while Mary was the great granddaughter). Since Elizabeth had been deemed a bastard for most of her childhood and early adulthood, and because she chose to follow her father's footsteps in being the Head of the Church of England, Mary had many supporters as the true heir to the throne and the savior of Catholicism. When Mary fled from her "lairds" to England, she first landed in Carlisle in current Cumbria which is way up in the northwest just 7 miles from Scotland. Sadly, Carlisle Castle is not mentioned in the book. It is one of the most intact medieval castles in England but it was never a palace, a home...only an enormous garrison against the Scots. But the short chapter on Tutbury Castle, we learn about Mary's incarceration with George Talbot, the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, the famous Bess of Hardwick. There have been whole huge books written just on the embroideries and textiles of Mary Stuart and Bess and Hardwick Hall is its own chapter here as well.We have been to Hever Castle in Kent and my most vivid memory after the tour was the enormous lock on Henry VIII's master bedroom there. Hever had been Anne Boleyn's childhood home to which she frequently returned. We learned that there was a guy, a locksmith, in Henry's employ whose sole job was to fasten and unfasten that lock and be watchful of it 24 hours a day. It was crucial for the king of England to be safe in the vulnerability of sleep. Our son ran outside and lost us in the large shrubbery maze on the grounds. This castle was given to another Anne of Henry VIII, his "sort of" wife Anne of Cleves. She came out well in this tidy post-marriage settlement!We've also been to Westminster Abbey, the National Portrait Gallery, Windsor Castle and Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. I like when I read what I will see when I walk into a given room or building, the hidden little things like the wayward intertwined initials of HR and AB (Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn) where the AB was not blotted out for JS--Jane Seymour. It is mentioned that with the marriage ceremony of Princess Pat, Queen Victoria's granddaughter, she revived that site for royal marriages, again a custom now for the current Will and Kate.No...this is a fabulous book and every Tudor-phile should read it. If you want visuals or more information stemming from this book, consider:English Castles (Pitkin Guides)Best of Britain's Castles: 100 of the Most Impressive Historic Sites in BritainCastles & Palaces of the Tudors & Stuarts: The Golden Age of Britain's Historic & Stately HousesCastles: England + Scotland + Ireland + WalesThe Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan EnglandThe Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth CenturyBess of Hardwick: Empire Builder

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