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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
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Sep 12, 2012

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Bring Up The Bodies is Hilary Mantel's continuation of the story of Thomas Cromwell, the man behind Henry VIII's throne who pulls all the strings needed to fulfill the king's desires. A larger than life character, Cromwell is both hated and loved, feared and revered. "He has a way of getting his way, he has a method; he will charm a man or bribe him, coax him or threaten him . . . he is distinguished by his courtesy, his calmness and his indefatigable attention to England's business." In this book Cromwell's business is to help Henry get rid of Queen Anne so that he can marry Jane Seymour, which he accomplishes between September 1535 and the summer of 1536. Thanks to the author's previous novel, WoIf Hall, I am familiar with the characters and comfortable with the author's presentation of dialogue and description that again make vivid the political and personal intrigues of the Henry VIII's court. The good news is that the author is working on the third novel of the Henry VIII trilogy, The Mirror and the Light.

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