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Aaaahhh Fine, fine, fine The final last paragraph perfect.Cromwell 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 technique but it was too intrusive This book just sailed on from Wolf Hall Aaaahhh Fine, fine, fine The final last paragraph perfect.Cromwell 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 technique but it was too intrusive This book just sailed on from Wolf Hall Immersion was swift and total.Another Booker winner, I hope 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 evenfarfetched 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 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 evenfarfetched 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 unique 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, muchrewarding 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 hawksWeightless, 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 flying When 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 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 c 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 required 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 anyloyal to her Time for the head of household to summon Mister Fixit.Rafe 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 amasculine 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 require 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 England.Hilary 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 quest 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 fast.Dueling 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 aremoved Cromwell, Bring Up the Bodies shows us Cromwell asthan a fixer,than a technocrat We get to see him as a monster, despite his supposed desire to make Englandequitable for working people H8 is shown muchas 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 Life.Mantel 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 should.Review posted 5 22 15Re posted 5 24 19Publication date 5 8 2012The 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 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 evenIf 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, 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 evenIf 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 Queen 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 execution.If 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 trilogy.A phenomenal 5 out of 5 stars I came to this sequel 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 th I came to this sequel 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 chilling.Much 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 quoted 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 There are no endings If you think so you are deceived as to their nature They are all beginnings Here is one.The 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 muchthan 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 There are no endings If you think so you are deceived as to their nature They are all beginnings Here is one.The 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 muchthan 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 quite understand She seems to dissolve and slip from their grasp, from Kingston s hands and his, she seems to liquefy and elude them, and when she resolves herself onceinto 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 her.About 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 relation friendship with Chapuys, ambassador of emperor Charles VAll 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 himself I 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 Muchfast 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 claws.Sometimes 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 j Muchfast 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 claws.Sometimes 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 way.Long 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 face.In Dutch the title of this second installment is The Book Henry and I think that is quite 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 monarch.Cromwell 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 bitstable footing sooner, something the Seymours definitely don t have any qualms 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 biton 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 monsters.What 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 pieces.Supporters he needs, when most of his attention is drawn to the showdown with first Catherine of Aragon and then Anne Boleyn while the queens die conveniently, either natural or by a French executioner The queen 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 quick, I must dream it for her, I shall dream it into being.Anne 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 nopower than a donkey all she can hope for is a master who spares the whip.But the same lady in waiting aids in the downfall of the queen, 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 fall.Truth 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 door.A lot of the book, and the best quotes 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 Cromwell.Even Thomas Cromwell s own son raises questions 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 away.Or a bitadmiringly I see It is not so much, who is guilty, as whose guilt is of service to you from Thomas Wriothesley.Finally 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 king.I 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 Historical fiction at its best, Bring up the Bodies is a worthy winner of the Man Booker Prize It is well researched and very well written Once I re attuned myself to the extensive use of the pronoun he referring to Thomas Cromwell, it was a most pleasurable read The subtle humour and wily Cromwell s wit were particularly enjoyable, and I look forward to reading The Mirror and the Light, the recently published final instalment of this trilogyThis book is of course not about Ann Historical fiction at its best, Bring up the Bodies is a worthy winner of the Man Booker Prize It is well researched and very well written Once I re attuned myself to the extensive use of the pronoun he referring to Thomas Cromwell, it was a most pleasurable read The subtle humour and wily Cromwell s wit were particularly enjoyable, and I look forward to reading The Mirror and the Light, the recently published final instalment of this trilogyThis book is of course not about Anne Boleyn or about Henry VIII, but about the career of 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 outHilary Mantel Author s Note, Bring up the Bodies Mantel is such an excellent writer her prose is eloquent 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 bookHe looks around at his guests All are prepared A Latin grace English would be his c Mantel is such an excellent writer her prose is eloquent 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 bookHe 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 etiquette The company must sit and salivate The Boleyns are laid at his hand to be carvedThis is so much stronger that its predecessorWolf HallThere is a stronger narrative drive and Cromwell hasmomentum 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 hereWolf 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 question 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 about Boredom 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 wasthan 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 quality 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 book.You can connect with me on social media via My Linktree. Alternate Cover Edition ISBNISBNThe sequel to Hilary Mantel s international bestseller and Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history the downfall of Anne BoleynThough he battled for years to marry her, Henry VIII has become disenchanted with the audacious Anne Boleyn She has failed to give him a son, and her sharp intelligence and strong will have alienated his old friends and the noble families of EnglandWhen the discarded Katherine, Henry s first wife, dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice, setting in motion a dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down Over a few 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 To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally himself with his enemies What price will he pay for Annie s head front flap