Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released!

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women by Elizabeth Norton
Publication Date: July 4th, 2017
Pegasus Books
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From Goodreads:

The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social History
"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."

I've read so many books and seen so many shows/movies that have  a Tudor-period setting, so I think that this book would be absolutely fascinating to read. I love reading about  overlooked women from all periods of history and all classes because I think it gives such a better picture of history and the time period. Can't wait for this one!

What do you think about this upcoming release? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. What a great pick! I love Tudor historical fiction, but to read about what life was actually like would be really interesting!

  2. I also really like the Tudor period setting! This is a new book to me :) Thanks for sharing, and I hope you enjoy it!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  3. I'm not really super versed in the Tudors but I have been watching The White Princess and it has upped my interest level. I like reading about historical figures in this time era as well, so this one looks really good!