Bring Up the Bodies

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Fourth Estate, 2012 - Great Britain - 411 pages
The sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall. 'My boy Thomas, give him a dirty look and he'll gouge your eye out. Trip him, and he'll cut off your leg', says Walter Cromwell in the year 1500. 'But if you don't cut across him he's a very gentleman. And he'll stand anyone a drink.' By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry's second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry's actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king's pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a 'truth' that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne's final days. In BRING UP THE BODIES, sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning 'Wolf Hall', Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. From history's darkroom, this novel offers a speaking picture to the modern world, a vision of Tudor England so recognizable it defies archaism. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.

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User Review  - AlisonY - LibraryThing

I'm so delighted that this even surpassed Wolf Hall in terms of my utter reading enjoyment. Yes, a big part of that is that our court story is getting to the really gripping part with Anne Boleyn ... Read full review

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User Review  - chrisblocker - LibraryThing

This second book picks up with the same intensity, pacing, and atmosphere of its predecessor. Focusing entirely on the fall of Anne Boleyn, the scope of this second volume isn't nearly as grand as ... Read full review

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Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of ten previous novels, including "Wolf Hall," which sold more than 200,000 copies and won the 2009 Man Booker Prize. Her previous works include her novel, "A Place of Greater Safety," and her memoir, "Giving Up the Ghost." She lives in England with her husband.

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