The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History

by Elizabeth Norton
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History

by Elizabeth Norton



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The turbulent Tudor Age never fails to capture the imagination. But what was it truly like to be a woman during this era?

The Tudor period conjures up images of queens and noblewomen in elaborate court dress; of palace intrigue and dramatic politics. But if you were a woman, it was also a time when death during childbirth was rife; when marriage was usually a legal contract, not a matter for love, and the education you could hope to receive was minimal at best.

Yet the Tudor century was also dominated by powerful and dynamic women in a way that no era had been before. Historian Elizabeth Norton explores the life cycle of the Tudor woman, from childhood to old age, through the diverging examples of women such as Elizabeth Tudor, Henry VIII’s sister; Cecily Burbage, Elizabeth's wet nurse; Mary Howard, widowed but influential at court; Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of a controversial queen; and Elizabeth Barton, a peasant girl who would be lauded as a prophetess. Their stories are interwoven with studies of topics ranging from Tudor toys to contraception to witchcraft, painting a portrait of the lives of queens and serving maids, nuns and harlots, widows and chaperones. Norton brings this vibrant period to colorful life in an evocative and insightful social history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681774909
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Format: eBook
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 555,244
File size: 21 MB
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About the Author

Elizabeth Norton is a historian specializing in the queens of England and the Tudor period. She is the author of several biographies on Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, and Catherine Parr. She lives in England.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

The First Age

1 Of babies and bellies: Elizabeth of York and the first Elizabeth Tudor 7

2 Of nurses and nurseries: Cecily Burbage, Elizabeth of York and the infant Elizabeth Tudor 20

3 Of toys and terminations: Elizabeth Tudor's brief life 33

The Second Age

4 Of young ladies and learning: The Countess of Surrey's girls, Jane Dormer, Lady Bryan and Margaret Beaufort 53

5 Of servants and masters: Elizabeth Barton, maidservant 73

The Third Age

6 Of love and marriage: Cecily Burbage and Elizabeth Boleyn 85

7 Of apprentices and aspirations: Katherine Fenkyll, wife and business partner 102

The Fourth Age

8 Of City trade and London life: Katherine Fenkyll, independent businesswoman 115

9 Of visions and revelations: Elizabeth Barton, the Holy Maid of Kent 131

10 Of mistresses and mystics: Catherine of Aragon, the Boleyns and Elizabeth Barton 142

11 Of politics and prophecies: Elizabeth Barton and Anne Boleyn 156

12 Of inquisitions and treasons: Elizabeth Barton and Anne Boleyn 170

The Fifth Age

13 Of pilgrimages and punishments: Margaret Cheyne, Lady Bulmer 191

14 Of bibles and burnings: Joan Bocher, Anne Askew and Catherine Parr 207

15 Of conscience and Catholics: Joan Bother, Princess Mary and Jane Grey 232

16 Of Protestants and pyres: Queen Mary, Rose Hickman, the Marian martyrs, Margaret Clitherow and the new Queen Elizabeth 253

The Sixth Age

17 Of settlements and proposals: Queen Elizabeth and Rose Hickman 271

The Seventh Age

18 Of wigs and witchcraft: Queen Elizabeth in her sixties, and the witches of England 291

19 Of frailties and finalities: Jane Dormer, 'Gloriana' and the poor women of England 305

Epilogue - Stuart women 328

Notes on the Text 330

Bibliography 376

Acknowledgements 394

Picture Credits 395

Index 397

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