#BlogTour #BookReview for Sex and Sexuality in Tudor England by Carol McGrath @carolmcgrath #TudorEngland #TheTudors #NonFiction @penswordbooks

The Tudor period has long gripped our imaginations. Because we have consumed so many costume dramas on TV and film, read so many histories, factual or romanticised, we think we know how this society operated. We know they ‘did’ romance but how did they do sex?

In this affectionate, informative and fascinating look at sex and sexuality in Tudor times, author Carol McGrath peeks beneath the bedsheets of late fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century England to offer a genuine understanding of the romantic and sexual habits of our Tudor ancestors.

Find out the truth about ‘swiving’, ‘bawds’, ‘shaking the sheets’ and ‘the deed of darkness’. Discover the infamous indiscretions and scandals, feast day rituals, the Southwark Stews, and even city streets whose names indicated their use for sexual pleasure. Explore Tudor fashion: the codpiece, slashed hose and doublets, women’s layered dressing with partlets, overgowns and stomachers laced tightly in place. What was the Church view on morality, witchcraft and the female body? On which days could married couples indulge in sex and why? How were same sex relationships perceived? How common was adultery? How did they deal with contraception and how did Tudors attempt to cure venereal disease? And how did people bend and ignore all these rules?

MY REVIEW

I am a huge fan of the Tudor period and Tudor history has always been a passion of mine so I was delighted to be able to join this blog tour for Carol and her my review for her latest release – Sex and Sexuality in Tudor England.

I have to say that I loved the book! It was packed full of details and full of facts and answers to those questions that you have, but never really knew how to ask!

I have read a lot of books on this period over the years and I was delighted to find that this book covered such a wide range of topics within it. The book layout was great and the book was punchy to read with concise and well developed chapters – the book covers everything from courtship, pregnancy, contraception and the view of the church – it covers aristocracy and the Royals though to the poorer classes too.

It is 5 stars from me for this book without any doubt – I loved it from cover to cover – full of intrigue, facts and information you didn’t know you needed to know about – but you are even more fascinated now you do! Very highly recommended and an addictive read!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Following a first degree in English and History, Carol McGrath completed an MA in Creative Writing from The Seamus Heaney Centre, Queens University Belfast, followed by an MPhil in English from University of London. The Handfasted Wife, first in a trilogy about the royal women of 1066 was shortlisted for the RoNAS in 2014. The Swan-Daughter and The Betrothed Sister complete this highly acclaimed trilogy. Mistress Cromwell, a best-selling historical novel about Elizabeth Cromwell, wife of Henry VIII’s statesman, Thomas Cromwell, published by Headline in 2020. The Silken Rose, first in a Medieval She-Wolf Queens Trilogy, featuring Ailenor of Provence, was published on 2nd April 2020. This was followed by The Damask RoseThe Stone Rose will be published April 2022 completing the Trilogy. Carol is writing Historical non-fiction as well as fiction. Sex and Sexuality in Tudor England was published in January 2022.