The real Wolf Hall - a time traveller's guide to daily life
in Tudor England
The Tudor era encompasses some of the greatest changes in our history. But while we know about the historical dramas of the times - most notably in the court of Henry VIII - what was life really like for a commoner like you or me?
To answer this question, the renowned "method historian" Ruth Goodman has slept, washed and cooked as the Tudors did - so you don't have to! She is your expert guide to this fascinating era, drawing on years of practical historical study to show how our ancestors coped with everyday life, from how they slept to how they courted.
Using a vast range of sources, she takes you back to the time when soot was used as toothpaste and the "upper crust" of bread was served to the wealthier members of the house. Exploring how the Tudors learnt, danced and even sat and stood according to the latest fashion, she reveals what it all felt, smelt and tasted like, from morning until night.
'Ruth is the queen of living history, long may she reign!' - Lucy Worsley
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About the Author
Ruth Goodman is a historian who specializes in the social and domestic life of Britain. She works with a wide range of museums and other academic institutions, exploring the past of ordinary people and their activities. She has presented a number of highly acclaimed and popular BBC 2 television series including ‘Victorian Farm’, ‘Victorian Pharmacy’, ‘Edwardian Farm’, ‘Wartime Farm’ and ‘Tudor Monastery Farm’. In each of these programmes she spent up to a year recreating life from a different period. Ruth was also the expert presenter on BBC 1’s ‘24 Hours in the Past’ and is a regular contributor to ‘The One Show’ and ‘Coast’. Her book ‘How to be a Victorian’ attracted international acclaim and this was followed by ‘How to be a Tudor’ (both published by Viking).