We go back to the deadly intrigues in the court of Henry VIII with celebrated “Wolf Hall” author, Hilary Mantel.
Henry VIII and his many wives have made for winking fun for centuries. His beheading of Anne Boleyn, high drama. His break with the Pope and dispatch of Thomas More, moral drama.
Hilary Mantel’s bestselling historical novel “Wolf Hall” made it all, once again, a gripping read. And it made a whole new hero of the story’s anti-hero, Thomas Cromwell – the Tony Soprano of the Tudor age. The low-born commoner who became the calculating power beside the lusting king. Now there’s more.
This hour, On Point: Henry VIII, Hilary Mantel, and her sequel, “Bring Up the Bodies.”
From Tom's Reading List
Washington Post"Hilary Mantel would make a terrible fortuneteller. Several years ago, when the English author began conceiving a novel about Thomas Cromwell, the chief minister of King Henry VIII during his break with the Vatican over the little matter of divorce, she thought it would be a single volume."
Huffington Post "Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was the literary event of 2009, winning the Man Booker prize, breaking onto the bestseller list and ultimately becoming inescapable. Simply everyone read it and loved it. Mantel's accomplishment was multifold: she brought history to life, turned the very familiar event of Henry VIII dumping his wife for Anne Boleyn into a nail-biting political thriller and upended our image of Thomas Cromwell from a villain who persecuted the saintly Thomas More into the most modern and likable of men."
Globe and Mail "It created such a buzz that any reviewer who wanted to read an advance copy of the new Cromwell novel, Bring Up the Bodies, had to sign a non-disclosure agreement first, a restriction usually reserved for Hollywood blockbusters. (Spoiler alert: Anne Boleyn dies in the end.)"
Video: Bring Up the Bodies
Excerpt: Bring Up The Bodies
England Be Glad by Hilliard Ensemble
Grene Growith the Holy by Sirinu
The Duke of Sommersette's Dompe by Hilliard Ensemble
This program aired on May 17, 2012.