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Goodreads Monday: A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb

Hello, readers! It’s the start of a new week so that means it’s Goodreads Monday.

Goodreads Monday is a weekly book tag that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. Each week you choose a book at random from your Goodreads TBR and explain why you want to read it. Given that my TBR on Goodreads is completely out of control I should be able to participate in this tag until the end of time.
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Added to Goodreads: 2015
Published: 2012

From Goodreads:

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 Queen of Scots was imprisoned. In the corridors of power and the courtyards of country houses we meet the passionate but tragic Katheryn Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife, Lady Jane Grey the nine-day queen, 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.

Why I want to read it:

When my husband and I first got married, we couldn’t afford a big honeymoon so we decided to take advantage of the fact we only live a couple hours away from some of the most beautiful coastlines and castles in the UK. We spent a long weekend in Northumberland and splurged on English Heritage membership so we could explore all the castles the region has to offer.

The first castle we went to, Dunstanburgh Castle

We’ve kept the membership ever since and up until recently we try to visit one of their sites at least once a month. Aside from the stunning views, every site has a gift shop filled with really unique items. But my favorite spot in those stores? The bookshelves of course! Every time we go to one of the gift shops I have to exercise serious restraint because I want to buy all the books. ALL OF THEM.

I let myself buy one or two here and there and a few years ago I picked up a copy of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer. It was as delightful as the title suggests. Once I finished it I checked Goodreads to see if there were any other similar books covering different time periods and that’s when I came across A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England. I haven’t seen any copies in those English Heritage gift shops so it looks like I’ll have to get it elsewhere, hopefully sooner rather than later!


Have you read this? Do you participate in Goodreads Monday? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Goodreads Monday: A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb”

  1. Who doesn’t love the tudors? I thought I’d read every book out there, but no. I will definitely be moving on to this once I’ve finished the latest Hilary Mantel (when am I going to see the lovely Mark Rylance back on screen again in this series? please say they won’t drop it? can they do a COVID 19 zoom version?) Thanks for your post.

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