Pleasures and Pastimes in Tudor England

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How did the Tudors enjoy themselves? For the men and women of Tudor England there was, just as there is today, more to life than work. 400 years before the invention of television and radio, they did not lead boring or mundane lives. Indeed, in many ways the richness of Tudor entertainment shames us. While continuing the medieval tradition of tournament and pageantry, the Tudors also increasingly read and attended the theater. Dancing and music were also popular, and were considered just as important as ...

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Overview

How did the Tudors enjoy themselves? For the men and women of Tudor England there was, just as there is today, more to life than work. 400 years before the invention of television and radio, they did not lead boring or mundane lives. Indeed, in many ways the richness of Tudor entertainment shames us. While continuing the medieval tradition of tournament and pageantry, the Tudors also increasingly read and attended the theater. Dancing and music were also popular, and were considered just as important as hunting and fighting for an ambitious Tudor’s social skills. Church festivals provided the perfect excuse for revelry, and christenings and weddings were, as they are today, great social occasions. Here, Alison Sim explores the full range of entertainments enjoyed at that time covering everything from card games and bear baiting to interior design.

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A costumed guide at Hampton Court Palace, Sim has written previously about Tudor England. Here she describes such activities as tournaments and pageants, reading, theater, music, dance, church festivals and the revelry that accompanied them, card games, bear-baiting, and sports. She also reviews the clothing and homes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752450315
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,137,746
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Sim is a costumed guide at Hampton Court Palace, who has worked at the Tower of London and lectured on Tudor food for the Mary Rose Trust. She is the author of The Tudor Housewife and Food and Feast in Tudor England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 The Perfect Setting 13
2 Clothing and Fashion 32
3 Tournaments and Pageantry 53
4 Religion and the Ritual Year 75
5 Christenings, Weddings and Funerals 94
6 Dancing and Music 99
7 Reading 119
8 The Theatre 136
9 Sports, Games and Other Pastimes 157
Notes 174
Picture Credits 182
Further Reading 183
Index 184
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