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Jan-Marie Knights documents the social calendar of Tudor high society in a series of bite-sized chunks. The book covers weddings, feasts, funerals and more - allowing the reader to immerse themselves in the glamor, affluence and human drama of a gilded world. Delivered in bite-sized diary chunks, Jan-Marie Knights takes the reader on a journey into the world of Tudor high Jan-Marie Knights documents the social calendar of Tudor high society in a series of bite-sized chunks. The book covers weddings, feasts, funerals and more - allowing the reader to immerse themselves in the glamor, affluence and human drama of a gilded world. Delivered in bite-sized diary chunks, Jan-Marie Knights takes the reader on a journey into the world of Tudor high society. This is a world of love affairs, tragedy, marriage and death; the realm of flamboyant dress, opulent jewelry and burning passions. The Tudor period continues to enchant and mesmerize the world, and here the reader can delve into the social calendar of the era. Running the gamut of society occasions – from solemn marriages to somber funerals, and decadent feasts to lavish large-scale gatherings – this is an essential book for any Tudor fan who wants to experience life as a wallflower in the Tudor court.


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Jan-Marie Knights documents the social calendar of Tudor high society in a series of bite-sized chunks. The book covers weddings, feasts, funerals and more - allowing the reader to immerse themselves in the glamor, affluence and human drama of a gilded world. Delivered in bite-sized diary chunks, Jan-Marie Knights takes the reader on a journey into the world of Tudor high Jan-Marie Knights documents the social calendar of Tudor high society in a series of bite-sized chunks. The book covers weddings, feasts, funerals and more - allowing the reader to immerse themselves in the glamor, affluence and human drama of a gilded world. Delivered in bite-sized diary chunks, Jan-Marie Knights takes the reader on a journey into the world of Tudor high society. This is a world of love affairs, tragedy, marriage and death; the realm of flamboyant dress, opulent jewelry and burning passions. The Tudor period continues to enchant and mesmerize the world, and here the reader can delve into the social calendar of the era. Running the gamut of society occasions – from solemn marriages to somber funerals, and decadent feasts to lavish large-scale gatherings – this is an essential book for any Tudor fan who wants to experience life as a wallflower in the Tudor court.

34 review for The Tudor Socialite: A Social Calendar of Tudor Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Malagisi

    The Tudor dynasty was full of colorful characters and events that defined the era. Their lives were full of love affairs, marriages, births, wars, tragedies, and triumphs. In numerous books about these monarchs and this period in history, we have seen the significant events that defined the era, but what about lesser-known social events that these monarchs participated in. The bulk of the research into this dynasty focuses on those who ruled, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, because their lives gi The Tudor dynasty was full of colorful characters and events that defined the era. Their lives were full of love affairs, marriages, births, wars, tragedies, and triumphs. In numerous books about these monarchs and this period in history, we have seen the significant events that defined the era, but what about lesser-known social events that these monarchs participated in. The bulk of the research into this dynasty focuses on those who ruled, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I, because their lives give us a brilliant insight into what it was like to live in the glittery Tudor court. In “The Tudor Socialite: A Social Calendar of Tudor Life,” Jan-Marie Knights gives her readers a glimpse into the social calendar of the Tudor rich and famous. I want to thank Amberley Publishing for sending me a copy of this book. When I saw the title of this book, I was intrigued. I was hoping for a book that would include different religious holidays and festivals that the Tudors would have known. Knights starts her book by giving her readers a brief history lesson from Richard II to Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses in five pages; talk about a whirlwind of an introduction. Readers then see how Knights will format her book by looking at each Tudor monarch with a broad lens and then taking a diary-style approach to their reigns to explain the significant events of their rules. I enjoyed how Knights included more minor pageants and visits that each monarch took part in and cases that average Tudor fans do not hear about as much. I did have a few issues when I was reading this particular title. I wouldn't say I liked that the entries for each event were written in the present tense; I know it was supposed to be a diary of the monarch, but as a nonfiction book about a historical period, it threw me for a loop. I also wish we saw more of the liturgical calendar and how it corresponded with the other events during each monarch’s reign, especially during the reformation when the Tudors wrestled between Catholicism and Protestantism. Finally, I do wish Knights would have included either footnotes or endnotes, especially with lesser-known events, so that readers could explore the social events themselves. Knights has done her research, but I think it needed to be refined and maybe told in a different style to better connect with her audience. Overall, as an overview of the reigns of the Tudor monarchs and the critical events that defined their lives, this book does a decent job for those new to the Tudor dynasty. If you know your Tudor history, this might not be the book for you, but you may learn about a pageant or a strange case. If you are a novice Tudor fan, you might enjoy reading “The Tudor Socialite: A Social Calendar of Tudor Life” by Jan-Marie Knights.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rev

    This book just was not it. My rating stems from a couple of things, namely formatting and the way this book was written in general. I expected something more in line with an exploration of culture amongst the nobility during the Tudor Period and how it evolved over the course of the dynasty. What I got instead was a listing out of events, written as thought they came from a newspaper or tabloid magazine. Add in that there wasn't a single footnote or endnote, and I genuinely could not tell where th This book just was not it. My rating stems from a couple of things, namely formatting and the way this book was written in general. I expected something more in line with an exploration of culture amongst the nobility during the Tudor Period and how it evolved over the course of the dynasty. What I got instead was a listing out of events, written as thought they came from a newspaper or tabloid magazine. Add in that there wasn't a single footnote or endnote, and I genuinely could not tell where the author was getting half of what they had written from. This is especially relevant here though, because of the way the author wrote this book. It would be very easy for them to put something in that's just not true, or backed by actual sources, in the name of fitting in with the theme, and a reader who isn't well versed in the subject wouldn't be able to tell unless they read every single book in the bibliography. I'm disappointed, honestly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    A history of the Tudor era, told reign by reign, starting with a brief summary of each monarch, followed by description of specific days when events happened. The book uses present tense, describing events in a journalistic fashion, telling the reader the immediate chain of events leading up to a battle or execution, followed by describing how things stand at that moment along with rumors of what is predicated for the then-future. I was expecting something more along the lines of how the Tudors ce A history of the Tudor era, told reign by reign, starting with a brief summary of each monarch, followed by description of specific days when events happened. The book uses present tense, describing events in a journalistic fashion, telling the reader the immediate chain of events leading up to a battle or execution, followed by describing how things stand at that moment along with rumors of what is predicated for the then-future. I was expecting something more along the lines of how the Tudors celebrated the liturgical calendar and all the changes THAT when through in this era, but this is a good overview of the whole Tudor time period. However, biggest complaint is there is only a bibliography at the end - I would have much appreciated either footnotes or endnotes to show where, exactly, all these facts cited were coming from, since that does matter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Fenton

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