A Visitor’s Companion to Tudor England – Suzannah Lipscomb.
Suzannah Lipscomb is well qualified to write a history book of tudor England as she spent many years as curator of Hampton Court Palace. In her own words she appreciates the “value of telling history where it happened” and this strongly comes through in this informative and well written book.
The book works on many levels. It is a practical handbook to fifty of the most interesting Tudor houses, palaces and castles; it’s also a handy guide for the casual visitor of these sites. More importantly though it’s a history book and offers a fascinating and informative introduction to the key events and people of the period. Lipscomb does not set out to write a scholarly book, her style is chatty and, as a result, the book is very readable.
As you read the book there is a strong sense of walking through history which is the authors intention. If your knowledge of Tudor England is lacking, as mine was, this is the book for you.