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  • Hilary Mantel
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  • 14 September 2014

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  1. David David says:

    The normally flinty James Wood recently wrote what can only be characterized as an extended mash note to Hilary Mantel in the New Yorker based on this book and its predecessor Wolf Hall I can only concur and add a few observations of my ownHow good is this book It's so good thati I am trying to ration myself to only 50 pages a day to spin out the experience of reading it just that little bit longerii I am failing miserably in objective i above because I am an undisciplined wretch completely lacking in self control and I just can't help myselfiii I call people up on the other side of the Atlantic just to read them choice sentencesiv I feel impelled to share a few of those sentences with youThomas Cromwell is attempting to sway the deposed ueen Katherine of Aragon and says something to incite her displeasureThere is a pause while she turns the great pages of her volume of rage and puts her finger on just the right wordof one of Anne Boleyn's ladies in waitingIf someone said to Lady Rochford 'It's raining' she would turn it into a conspiracy; as she passed the news on she would make it sound somehow indecent unlikely but sadly trueI'm not sure if James Wood actually went as far as to say that he would be happy to read Hilary Mantel's grocery list But based on the uality of the writing in the Wolf Hall books I wouldYou wouldn't think it possible to tell the story of the Tudors and make it fresh But Mantel succeeds once again brilliantlyAdded on edit after finishingThe last 50 pages of this are frightening and frighteningly good James Wood offers far insight into what he calls Mantel's novelistic intelligence also on the topic of authenticity where he makes a compelling case that fiction can offer a kind of authenticity that actually surpasses historical accuracy than I ever could though I found myself agreeing with everything he wrote and the examples he cites are the same ones I would cite so here is a link to his review I think it is accessible even in you don't have a New Yorker subscription Wood on Mantel And finally a note from Hilary Mantel promising future delights Thomas Cromwell who is still in need of attention from biographers Meanwhile Mr Secretary remains sleek plump and densely inaccessible like a choice plum in a Christmas pie; but I hope to continue my efforts to dig him outBonne continuation Mme Mantel bonne continuation


  2. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Mantel is such an excellent writer; her prose is elouent and artistic beautiful even Few writers have such skill She uses every grammatical tool at her disposal to give her novel a strong individual sense of stylistic flair And that’s just the surface level of her sentences; she also uses metaphor and constant allusions to take it to another level entirely For example my favourite passage in the book “He looks around at his guests All are prepared A Latin grace; English would be his choice but he will suit his company Who cross themselves ostentatiously in papist style Who look at him expectant He shouts for the waiters The doors burst open Sweating men heave the platters to the table It seems the meat is fresh in fact not slaughtered yet It is just a minor breach of etiuette The company must sit and salivate The Boleyns are laid at his hand to be carved” This is so much stronger that its predecessor Wolf Hall There is a stronger narrative drive and Cromwell has momentum and enthusiasm for achieving his ambitions He is also getting used to his power and his influence testing them to see how far they can reach A risky game but we all know what came of it in the end He is a very intelligent man able to root out evidence for the king when there is none to be found The Boleyn family though politically smart were vastly out matched by the cunning of Cromwell When the king wanted them out Cromwell didn’t have to work too hard to achieve it Mantel has improved on her style so much here Wolf Hall was exceptionally good but it did have many flaws It was a hard book to read My main problem with it was trying to discern who the “he” in uestion within the writing For example Cromwell was referred to “he” whist talking to another “he” about a pair of “he’s” they were feared were scheming against them Uncomfortable stuff though she seems to have listened to the criticism her first book received and the result is a much stronger piece of writing So what’s it all aboutBoredom Boredom and anger Henry VIII’s new wife Ann Boleyn has failed to give him a son such a terrible thing The entire situation is ridiculously ironic considering the one child she did give him the future Elizabeth I would become a much better monarch than he could ever be The fat fool didn’t need a son But his silly little masculine ego demanded one Sure you could talk about the politics involved in having a male offspring but again just look at what Elizabeth did by herself She had no direct heir When she died she gave the throne to the King of Scotland Enough said Cromwell has a large task on his hands but he was than capable of carving up the Boleyns The only real complication was he had to do it within the limitations of the law The king can’t be above his own mandates and he has to be able to justify his brutal actions even if the entire world new he was full of rubbish and would bend the system to his own ends and act all innocent about it Then blame his councillors’ years later for his own decisions Cromwell naturally goes to work But his day of reckoning draws very near I can’t wait to read the final book in this series It’s obvious how it will all end the chopping block It will be interesting to see how Mantel handles the fall of Cromwell I also wonder if she will win the man booker prize again I think she’s great but I don’t think she deserves it again The prize is for innovating high uality writing But her writing is no longer innovative It’s a regurgitation of what she has already done not a bad thing but I don’t think she should win the prize multiple times for doing the same things Still I'm excited for the third bookYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree


  3. Paula Paula says:

    Booker Prize 2012Costa Book Award 2012Women’s Prize for Fiction nominee 2013Brilliant A masterful piece of literature I loved WOLF HALL the first book in the Thomas Cromwell series but I have to say I enjoyed BRING UP THE BODIES even If that is even possible There is no lack of excitement in book #2 Henry VIII asks Cromwell to get rid of Anne Boleyn as she hasn’t given him a son The King wants to make way for another Jane Seymour that has caught his eye His first wife Katherine has died so all is well to move on to wife #3 once a plan is put together for ueen Anne’s demise BRING UP THE BODIES is character driven and thoroughly engaging Be ready to live in the Tudor world their real world Expect some of the best dialogue you have ever set your eyes on or listened to You will be so entertained with the court intrigue accusations of adultery and treason the power yielded and finally death and executionIf you haven’t done so do look for the PBS production WOLF HALL which is a combination of the first two books of the trilogy I just started listening to book #3 THE MIRROR AND THE LIGHT and will be looking forward to the upcoming PBS production of the last of the trilogyA phenomenal 5 out of 5 stars


  4. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    His whole career has been an education in hypocrisy Eyes that once skewered him now kindle with simulated regard Hands that would like to knock his hat off now reach out to take his hand sometimes in a crushing grip He has spun his enemies to face him to join him as in a dance He means to spin them away again so they look down the long cold vista of their years so they feel the wind the wind of exposed places that cuts to the bone so they bed down in ruins and wake up cold Be careful what you wish for Henry VIII was pining for the younger than his current wife Anne Boleyn After getting his heart’s desire which reuired him to take on the Catholic Church one might imagine him speaking to Thomas Cromwell as Ollie might have said to Laurel “Well here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into” nicely demonstrating an inability to accept any responsibility for his own actions Of course AB had gotten her heart’s desire as well a nifty crown plenty of staff and she gets to headline at the palace But pride and not popping out a male heir goeth before the fall and well the girl should have known I mean H8 was not exactly a model hubby to his first wife Why would she think he’d be any loyal to her Time for the head of household to summon Mister FixitRafe Sadler and Stephen Gardiner Looking for advice on ridding yourself of unwanted household pests Running low on funds for your comfortable lifestyle Need the occasional hard thump to the torso to get the old ticker restarted Need to re direct your reproductive efforts towards a masculine outcome Need to fend off potential assaults by enemies foreign and domestic Why call Mister Fixit Yes yes I know there were no phones in 16th Century England so summon Mr Fixit OK Happy now Jeez some people Thomas Cromwell a man of modest origins who had risen to the highest position in the land that did not absolutely reuire aristocratic genes had already demonstrated a penchant for getting things done by whatever means necessary And so continues the tale in book 2 of Hilary Mantel’s trilogy about Tudor EnglandHilary MantelThe end of Wolf Hall You read Wolf Hall right If you haven’t stop reading this now and go get a copy Read that and when you are done feel free to return What are you waiting for Go Scat was H8’s marriage to AB The uest had come to the desired conclusion and now they’re gonna party like it’s 1533 Not only had H8 succeeded in flipping the bird a falcon in this case – see the badges below to the RC but he was engaged in swiping their stuff as well Pope We doan need no steenking Pope Cromwell was the guy who had done most of the fixing So everything should be fine now right Not so fastDueling Badges – Anne Boleyn’s and Catherine of Aragon’s in case any are neededAB is getting very full of herself but not unfortunately full of a male heir and there are younger ladies in waiting you know waiting H8 has an eye problem It wanders uncontrollably in this instance to young demure Jane Seymour Of course there is the pesky business of clearing that obstruction from the royal path and Mister Fixit is called in sorry summoned to make it go away Luckily for him he has his fingers in many administrative pies you washed those fingers before inserting right and is not shy about using his inside knowledge to achieve his boss’s goals Cromwell also has an excellent network of spies little birds sprinkled throughout the realm Combine the two make much of what was probably idle gossip add a dollop or three of spite and voila For good measure TC takes particular pleasure in focusing his skills on those who had done dirt to his mentor Cardinal Wolsey ticking off each one as they succumb to his devilry Like a certain Stark lass ticking off her list of future targets at bedtime The once and future – Catherine of Aragon and Jane SeymourWas AB guilty of the crimes of which she was accused Probably not But as long as the folks in charge can get the people with weapons to do their bidding it does not much matter There is no law really only power Legal processes are often mere window dressing to the underlying exercise of big fish eating smaller fish and sometimes spitting them out The fiction of legality keeps the mass of smaller fish from chomping their much larger tormenters to bits Sort of like now See people It’s all perfectly legal Bring Up the Bodies is a masterful achievement showing step by step how dark aims are orchestrated and achieved In laying this out Hilary Mantel also offers us a look at how the reins of power can be abused by the unscrupulous and Thomas Cromwell is shown in his full unscrupulousness in this volume He was gonna get these guys and when he saw his chance he took it Where Wolf Hall presented a removed Cromwell Bring Up the Bodies shows us Cromwell as than a fixer than a technocrat We get to see him as a monster despite his supposed desire to make England euitable for working people H8 is shown much as a spoiled psycho child in this volume Whatever his intelligence whatever his accomplishments what we see of Henry here is primarily his boorishness his childishness I want what I want and I do not care who gets hurt or even killed so I can have it I was reminded of the great Twilight Zone episode It’s a Good LifeMantel won a second Booker prize for this one and it was well deserved Not only do we get a very human look at a key period in Western history but are blessed with Mantel’s amazing wit as manifested by her characters and consideration of issues that transcend history as well as a compelling episode of Survival Tudor It is an easier read than the first book engaging if that is possible If you have not seen the miniseries made from the combined volumes you really must Hilary Mantel has brought out her best in Bring Up the Bodies using her genius for historical fiction to make the old seem new again You won’t lose your head if you don’t read this book but you probably shouldReview posted – 52215Re posted 52419Publication date – 582012The final volume in the series The Mirror and the Light is due for release March 2020 according to the latest intel EXTRA STUFFMy review of Wolf HallLinks to the author’s personal Twitter Google and FB pagesExcellent radio interview with Mantel by Leonard LopateA marvelous New Yorker magazine article looking at Mantel’s careerGreat material here in another New Yorker article Invitation to a Beheading by James Wood Why isn't Henry VIII fat and other Wolf Hall mysteries explained


  5. Fionnuala Fionnuala says:

    Most people in the English speaking world know the history of Henry VIII from their earliest school days or from the many books films and TV series that the episode has inspired Some of us cringe when we hear of yet another fictional version yet another glittery effort to sensationalise the intrigue of the Tudor court and create even farfetched scenarios around the details of the wooing and discarding of Henry’s wives How then can Hilary Mantel’s series be of any interest I would argue that her treatment of history does not belong in the historical fiction genre but rather in the field of historical analysis Already with her account of the French Revolution A Place of Greater Safety 2006 she proved that she had found a new and uniue way to analyse historical events She combs all the available documentary evidence and from this wealth of detail she builds a living picture of the time and its chief players so that we feel smell touch even inhabit their world But she creates dialogue you will point out and imagines the players’ thoughts This is true but any historian who reads all the documents all of the letters relating to historical personages can’t avoid interpreting their motivations Mantel takes that interpretation a step further through dialogue thereby making the reading of this familiar history which otherwise holds little surprise or suspense much rewarding and entertaining She succeeds because of her fine writing skills and her ability to choose the most suitable angle from which to view the events in this case Thomas Cromwell the kings secretary; it is as if the reader is perched on his shoulder seeing everything he sees and privy to about half of his thoughts And we suspect that the other half of his thoughts are so secret that even he Thomas Cromwell has little access to them Mantel reveals him as neither hero nor villain but simply a man who is good at his job Being Henry’s secretary is like playing chess; the task is to destroy the opponent and the notion of the opposition of good and evil has no place on this board Survival is the only rule Let me give an example on the first page of Bring Up the Bodies Cromwell watches a hunting scene involving a pair of hawks “Weightless they glide on the upper currents of air They pity no one They answer to no one Their lives are simple When they look down they see nothing but their prey and the borrowed plumes of the hunters they see a flittering flinching universe a universe filled with their dinner All summer has been like this a riot of dismemberment fur and feather flyingWhen we reach the last page of the book we remember the pair of hawks and we are amazed Thomas Cromwell has learned from those hawks He too is silent when he takes his prey


  6. Annet Annet says:

    There are no endings If you think so you are deceived as to their nature They are all beginnings Here is oneThe books of Hilary Mantel on Thomas Cromwell are superb grande We all know the history of Henry VIII but Wolfhall and Bring Up the Bodies are refreshing sharp intelligent emotionalso much than 'just' historic tales I give a slight preference to Wolf Hall because that book was groundbreaking a new take on this famous piece of history seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell However again Bring up the bodies is sublime and of course tells the dark tale of the fall of Anne Boleyn fascinating And Mantel is a great storyteller Something happens to Anne then which later he will not uite understand She seems to dissolve and slip from their grasp from Kingston's hands and his she seems to liuefy and elude them and when she resolves herself once into woman's form she is on hands and knees on the cobbles her head thrown back wailing Fitzwilliam the Lord Chancellor even her uncle steps back; Kingston frowns his deputy shakes his head Richard Riche looks stricken He Cromwell takes hold of her since no one else will do it and sets her back on her feet She weighs nothing and as he lifts her her wail breaks off as if her breath had been stopped Silent she steadies herself against his shoulder leans into him intent complicit read for the next thing they will do together which is kill herAbout Cromwell what a fascinating character re my review of Wolf Hall on the one hand a warm family man on the other hand iron hard when it comes to dealing with all the so called 'accomplices' in the Anne Boleyn case and ruthlessly sending a whole group of people to their death by axe Revenge or self preservation or both One thing is for sure Cromwell is always planning ahead A true chess player And so far he does that pretty well Also very interesting in this book the developing relationfriendship with Chapuys ambassador of emperor Charles V 'All the players are gone' Wriothesley says 'All four who carried the cardinal to Hell And also the poor foul Mark who made a ballad of their exploits' 'All four he says 'All five' 'A gentleman asked me if this is what Cromwell does to the cardinal's lesser enemies what will he do by and by to the King himselfI am now watching the dvd of the BBC series that I was very careful not to touch while I was still reading the book Very good as well The part on Thomas More stands out in the series so far for me Highly recommended I do hope Ms Mantel continues the Cromwell Henry VIII story until the very end Can't wait for the third book


  7. Teresa Teresa says:

    I came to this seuel thinking it could not possibly stand up to the first installment So I was prepared to like this book but not love it as much as I did Wolf Hall But I was wrong it does and I did It's one of those works that I lingered over the last pages of not wanting it to end the prose is that good And it installed itself into my psyche After putting it down at night and as I fell asleep words phrases sentences rolled through my head This has happened to me before but this time it felt different And though when I awoke I couldn't remember any of what I'd dreamed if dreaming is what it was I knew the procession of words was due to this book I also figured this is how the brain of Mantel's Cromwell must work never stopping except he does remember all And when you see the culmination of his remembering all it is chillingMuch of what I wrote in my review of Wolf Hall may be inserted here Like the title of Wolf Hall this title has a different meaning than you might think unless you are exceptionally in the know And as I also said about Wolf Hall this is not your average run of the mill historical fiction it is elevated As I neared the end I was starting to become resigned to the fact that I wouldn't be as excited by any particular passage as I had been with the one I uoted in my review of Wolf Hall and that perhaps I was spoiled by what was so fresh in Wolf Hall but then I arrived at the final page


  8. Henk Henk says:

    Much fast paced and focused than it’s predecessor feeling effortless and thrilling at the same time 5 stars You can be merry with the king you can share a joke with him But as Thomas More used to say it's like sporting with a tamed lion You tousle its mane and pull its ears but all the time you're thinking those claws those claws those clawsSometimes I needed to press myself to read on in Wolf Hall; with Bring Up the Bodies I stayed up late just to keep on reading A breathless joy of a drama to read with us watching over Cromwell’s shoulder every step of the wayLong live the king and his first advisor But Henry had set up ‘I can do as it pleases me’ his monarch said ‘God would not allow my pleasure to be contrary to his design nor my designs to be impeded by his will’ A shadow of cunning had crossed his faceIn Dutch the title of this second installment is The Book Henry and I think that is uite fitting since everything revolves around him Cromwell thinks to himself that his only skill is interpreting and predicting the whims of the king and daydreams of writing a book on this topic to his son Also when Henry is hurt in an accident we get to see how much of the power dynamics flow directly from him as absolutist monarchCromwell shows some rare emotion when a duke tells him to stay out of the affairs of his superiors It does make you wonder why he did not elevate himself into nobility and a bit stable footing sooner something the Seymours definitely don’t have any ualms about when their daughter gets into the favour of the king He is still the pragmatic fixer of Wolf Hall but can due to his reputation and clear favour of the king now rely a bit on words and suggestion than real life confrontations I cherish diplomacy It’s cheap Towards the end of the novel we also see the fruition of a very long in the making revenge for his first protector Cardinal Wolsey showing some of his inner life and the abacus of his conscience Also somewhere one thirds into the book we have Hilary Mantel letting Cromwell think slightly anachronistically about what he wants to achieve for England and the average citizen raising their living conditions to cement the power of the Tudor monarchy It is better not to try people not to force them to desperation Make them prosper; out of superfluity they will be generous Full bellies breed gentle manners The pinch of famine makes monstersWhat helps him at court is that he can now rely on his meritocratic entourage as a remedy versus the various warring factions; sometimes he felt like a chess player wielding his piecesSupporters he needs when most of his attention is drawn to the showdown with first Catherine of Aragon and then Anne Boleyn while the ueens die conveniently either natural or by a French executioner The ueen is plotting something I know not what something devious something dark perhaps so dark that she herself does not know what it is and as yet us only dreaming of it but I must be uick I must dream it for her I shall dream it into beingAnne shows the predicament of women in her day and age When they can’t bring an heir they are discarded and they don’t have power from themselves One of her ladies in waiting inspires Cromwell to think the following But a young married gentlewoman has no way to help herself She has no power than a donkey; all she can hope for is a master who spares the whipBut the same lady in waiting aids in the downfall of the ueen who has not made herself popular by her sharpness She opens her lips and out slides the devil’s tail A whole A Game of Thrones incest plot is brought against her and we have Henry talking like Donald Trump about Anne with her just being too evil after her fallTruth is singular Its versions are mistruths David Mitchell in Cloud Atlas What is the nature of the border between truth and lies It is permeable and blurred because it is planted thick with rumour confabulation misunderstandings and twisted tales Truth can break the gates down truth can howl in the street; unless truth is pleasing personable and easy to like she is condemned to stay whimpering at the back doorA lot of the book and the best uotes in it are about the nature of justice and truth Law and judgement are used as an instrument of royal will instead of truth finding reminiscent of the whole impeachment “trial” we saw only so very recently by Henry and CromwellEven Thomas Cromwell's own son raises uestions concerning this When Gregory says ‘Are they guilty’ he means ‘Did they do it’ But when he says ‘Are they guilty’ he means ‘Did the court find them so’ The lawyer’s world is entire unto itself the human pared awayOr a bit admiringly I see It is not so much who is guilty as whose guilt is of service to you from Thomas WriothesleyFinally Cromwell even thinks to himself He needs guilty men So he has found men who are guilty Though perhaps not guilty as charged showing some consciousness about the things he need to do for his kingI left Cromwell and Bring Up The Bodies at the beheading of Anne Boleyn being totally in awe and feeling very fortunate that the release of The Mirror the Light is only a few weeks away Can't wait to see how Hilary Mantel no doubt brilliantly manages to finish this trilogy


  9. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    Aaaahhh Fine fine fine The final last paragraph perfectCromwell now to me will always be he Cromwell This little stylistic flourish did add clarity compared with Wolf Hall To purposefully use just he in the first book was at times confusing forcing one to stop and step out of the story to regain one's bearings Sort of like breaking the fourth wall and perhaps that was the point then a metafictional techniue but it was too intrusive This book just sailed on from Wolf Hall Immersion was swift and totalAnother Booker winner I hope


  10. Diane Diane says:

    I loved this second book about Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII even than the first oneI started reading Bring Up the Bodies as soon as I finished Wolf Hall and I've enjoyed this series so much I'm excited for Mantel's third volume whenever it's published While Wolf Hall focused on the rise of Anne Boleyn and how she became ueen of England Bring Up the Bodies is about how the King decides to leave Anne when she can't give him a son and her subseuent downfall and execution The story of her trial and beheading has been told many times but I loved how Mantel chose to show us the scenes from Cromwell's perspective and how he helped manipulate the proceedings Cromwell even maneuvered to help the King find his next wife Jane SeymourThis second book had good pacing and flowed freely than the first one perhaps because the first one had numerous flashbacks to Cromwell's childhood and the back and forth with Cardinal Wolsey Taken together they are a masterpiece of historical fiction and I highly recommend this series Favorite uotesYou can be merry with the king you can share a joke with him But as Thomas More used to say it's like sporting with a tamed lion You tousle its mane and pull its ears but all the time you're thinking those claws those claws those clawsWhat is the nature of the border between truth and lies It is permeable and blurred because it is planted thick with rumour confabulation misunderstandings and twisted tales Truth can break the gates down truth can howl in the street; unless truth is pleasing personable and easy to like she is condemned to stay whimpering at the back doorHe needs guilty men So he has found men who are guilty Though perhaps not guilty as charged Sometimes peace looks like war you cannot tell them apartErasmus says that you should praise a ruler even for ualities he does not have For the flattery gives him to think And the ualities he presently lacks he might go to work on them How many men can say as I must 'I am a man whose only friend is the King of England' I have everything you would think And yet take Henry away and I have nothing We are not priests We don’t want their sort of confession We are lawyers We want the truth little by little and only those parts of it we can useYou have always regarded women as disposable my lord and you cannot complain if in the end they think the same of you Who can understand the lives of women


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Bring Up the Bodies❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Bring Up the Bodies Author Hilary Mantel – Liversite.co.uk The seuel to Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne BoleynThough he b The seuel to Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel's Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne BoleynThough he battled for seven years to marry her Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court Anne stands starkly exposed the focus of gossip and Bring Up Epub / maliceAt a word from Henry Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down Over three terrifying weeks Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the ueen and her suitors for adultery and treason To defeat the Boleyns Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies the papist aristocracy What price will he pay for Anne's head usmacmillancom.


About the Author: Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the bestselling author of many novels including Wolf Hall which won the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction Bring Up the Bodies Book Two of the Wolf Hall Trilogy was also awarded the Man Booker Prize and the Costa Book Award She is also the author of A Change of Climate A Place of Greater Safety Eight Months on Ghazzah Street An Exper.