Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pleasures and Pastimes In Tudor England by Alison Sim

I’ve read several of Ms. Sims books on various aspects of life in Tudor England and I find them to be a great introduction if you’re new to the subject or a nice refresher course if you already have some degree of familiarity.

This one focuses on the lighter side of life, the things people did for fun in the long ago days before movie theatres, tv, and the internet. Ms. Sims takes the reader on a tour of the tournaments, pageants, religious ceremonies, weddings, christenings, funerals, games, sporting events, and theatricals people of the time attended. She also delves into the fashions, music, and popular dances of the period. Whether you write about the Tudors or just enjoying reading about them, this is a great book that’s not overly scholarly or pedantic to help understand the people and their way of life better. 

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