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A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England Very interesting to read about all of these places Review This book was a wonderful guide to Tudor England and you can really begin to see and understand the places purely from reading it I first read it in preparation for a trip to London when I was planning to visit Hampton Court and the National Portrait Gallery having already been to the Tower of London It gave a great background to these places and others and allowed me to further develop what she had outlined when I actually visited the places in person A new kind of guidebook and a really brilliant one General Subjects? History Travel Architecture Tudors Castles PlacesRecommend? YesMy Rating 1920 This book was personally disappointing as it was not what I hoped it would be Of course that's my fault since I should have been careful in my selection Based on the title big mistake I know I thought it would be a discourse on the daily life of the Englishman living during the Tudor era Well it wasn't any such thing I think I could have overlooked my disappointment and rated this book better if it wasn't for the fact the book is also a disappointment for its intended purpose The author candidly admits that it is a tourist guide for those people interested in touring sites of the Tudor era As the author is a scholar of some merit I will not argue with her selection of sites but what she has done is select primarily buildings constructed in the Tudor style and then discuss these buildings along with any significant paintings that may be inside So this is actually an architectural tour that she has designed and describes My problem with the book is that architecture and art are visual arts and any book attempting to discuss these things reuires generous illustrations The only illustrations in this book are very small thumbnail size drawings at the head of each chapter These help a little but not very much If this book is intended to reach the unschooled tourist then it will fail because no tourist is going to select a guide that isn't lavishly layered with photographs and drawings If an intended purchaser is a student of architecture and art heshe may find the list useful but the text is aimed at the layman and well below their level of interest The book just doesn't accomplish what it intends and thus my rating Although I can’t afford to visit my beloved England some day; I can start my itinerary ahead of time using “A Journey Through Tudor England” by Suzannah Lipscomb Combining a guide book which you could easily find in an English tourist gift shop with elements of a history work Lipscomb brings England to those who are unable to visit the country for themselvesNot to be confused with a scholarly work Lipscomb makes it clear in the introduction that she is attempting a lighter work without annotations but that she strives to keep the text as accurate as possible Sadly this is immediately thrown out the window when Lipscomb presents theories concerning the Princes in the Tower as fact on the second page of the work Thus it is suggested that some of the information be taken with a grain of salt it is better for those readers not as versed with Tudor England“A Journey Through Tudor England” focuses on where history happened explaining locationssitesbuildings and the importance behind them Don’t expect too much in depth historic data with these short chapters as the sections are basic overviews to wet your interest On the other hand these uick chapters are ideal for planning a trip to England or even referring to it when reading a Tudor historical fiction or non fiction work Lipscomb sprinkles “A Journey Through Tudor England” with blurbs on various Tudor England topics portraiture clothing housing food etc which offers a rounded insight into the era However missing are color plates or photos of the sites mentioned which would have enriched the text and allowed the reader to truly envision each location observedAs “A Journey Through Tudor England” progresses unusual historic facts are included which Lipscomb presents in a familiar conversational style making the information accessible and easy to understand Beware however of many speculative statements Some strong positives of “A Journey Through Tudor England” are the details of describing what Tudor figures would have seen at the sites in their day and comparing it to modern times the conversion of historic currencies to today and the listing of existing Tudor artifacts at each site This truly strengthens one’s planning of a visit to these sites Lipscomb’s passion also shines through and is well supplemented by the clarity that she obviously visited each and every site she describes The ending is a bit abrupt; as some sort of summary would have been appreciated However the star of the show so to speak is the appendix which amasses information on each site including hours of operation closest train parking availability and prices onsite accommodations website links etc Basically everything a tourist needs to know in order to visit the mentioned spots is provided by Lipscomb“A Journey Through Tudor England” is not a deep scholarly read but its premise is uniue focusing on the “where” in history versus the “what” and providing a guidebook for modern travelers It also sparks interest in Lipscomb’s other works “A Journey Through Tudor England” is suggested as a uick read for Tudor history fans I really loved this book I think it should have pictures to accompany each description of all the different places included though as I found myself Googling some of the places to get a visual feel of it All the little stories about Tudor people connected with each of the places are interesting too I also wasn't aware of how many places around the country have Tudor connections but one I have been to is Little Moreton Hall I loved it there it's beautiful and we went just before Christmas so it was extra special This book has succeeded in making me want to visit even Tudor places Book A Journey Through Tudor England Author Suzannah Lipscomb Rating 5 Out of 5 StarsSo offered me a 500 credit toward ebooks and this was on that I bought I have admired Suzannah’s wonderful documentaries and talks but I have never actually read one of her books I really enjoyed this Like the amazing presenter that she is her writing is just as wonderful and passionate Suzannah has written a guide book that is both simple and elegant I loved how she managed to put so much into this book without really drawing it out I didn’t read about the same thing over and over again The wonderful world of the Tudors is painted very nicely I was aware of most of these places but new to some I don’t know but reading about where they actually lived and walked was different It really made them seem human The book is broken up by geographic regions which really helps with the flow of the book I really hate how some guide books just back and forth between geographic regions which can make it difficult to follow but that was not the case in this one I just found it so easy to follow also if you need clarification on a certain place she had provided in the chapters where she first talked about them This is just greatI loved the easy to read feeling of the book I have read other book reviews about Suzannah’s writing Most claim that her books have a textbook feel Now I didn’t get that feeling from this book It is scholarly but at the same time can be read by everyday people I did feel Suzannah’s passion coming right off the page which was great and really added to the book I just loved this book I don’t know how else to put it into words I really do think this would make a great documentary series Hey Dan Jones just did one on Great British Castles so why can’t Suzannah do one on the Tudors? Meet the Tudors in this fascinating book about the places where they lived played and worshipped For the armchair traveller or those looking for inspiration for a day out A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England takes you to palaces castles theatres and abbeys to uncover the stories behind Tudor England 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 ueen of Scots was imprisoned In the corridors of power and the courtyards of country houses we meet the passionate but tragic Kateryn Parr Henry VIII's last wife Lady Jane Grey the nine day ueen and hear 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 Don't remember how I stumbled on this Love serendipity After reading Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies I thought it was a great read I'd love to spend a summer just walking and touring England The wife is all in Good Interesting as you get a tour round not just all the royal palaces but places that were significant during the tumultuous period that was the Tudor Easy to read and very informative Another governmental bureaucrat telling the governmental orthodoxy for a higher governmental wage


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About the Author: Suzannah Lipscomb

Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is Reader in Early Modern History at the University of Roehampton She is the author of 1536 The Year that Changed Henry VIII A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England and The King is Dead The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII She also writes and presents television programmes including series on Henry VIII and his Six Wives Witches A Century of Murder and Elizabeth