Friday, 11 May 2012
Bring Up The Bodies
I completely loved Wolf Hall, after a slow start, and now I have been pulled in from the start of its sequel by Hilary Mantel, as the falcons fly in the late-summer sky, named after dead women and with flesh between their claws. The king, a redhead, is sunburned, having lost his hat. What is not to like? And the story of the downfall of Anne Boleyn is one we all know. Nonetheless, she is still pictured to this day in the lobby of the House of Lords. Why is that, when others who have suffered political or dynastic defeat are forgotten? Henry VIII died a believing Catholic. We know this too. I have not got far into the book, and will write more when I have read it. But I say now, read this book.