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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, and 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.

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Bring Up the Bodies
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May 16th, 2015
It takes a while to get used to the unique style but it is well worth it. This is an exceptional story and a compelling read.
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November 1st, 2014
Although the first couple pages of this sequel to Wolf Hall completely confused me and made me fear for what was to come, I ended up loving this book as much as its predecessor. (BTW, the confusion clears up. ;)) Mantel’s pitch-pefect tone and imaginative, insightful storytelling create a fantastic Cromwell. I’m sad that at some point these books are going to have to end. Despite all the various takes on the court of Henry VIII—with this one really aiming at historical accuracy—we all know Cromwell’s fate.
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A worthy sequel
April 6th, 2013
Reading the first book about Thomas Cromwell, " Wolf Hall" and becoming familiar with names and places certainly made it easier to move more swiftly through the myriad of characters in its sequel "Bring up the Bodies". One of the things I most admire about author, Hilary Mantel, is her command of the English language. I was grateful for the instant definitions afforded me on my e-reader when I came across words such as 'subfusc'. I have a feeling that there is a third book in this series about Cromwell and I look forward to its publication.
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