The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

| May 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

A big thank you to Olga Hughes, editor of Nerdalicious and regular contributor to Tudor Life magazine, for writing this wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. There is something distinctly discomfiting about Henry VIII’s judicial murder of his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. It is not only the terrible tragedy that befell her at […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Gregory Cromwell

| May 11, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Gregory Cromwell

Our ‘Real Wolf Hall’ series of articles continues today with a wonderful article by Teri Fitzgerald on Gregory Cromwell, son of Thomas Cromwell. Make sure you read Teri’s article on Cromwell’s family from last week too – click here. Gregory Cromwell (played by Tom Holland in Wolf Hall), was born to Thomas Cromwell, a successful […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: The Family Man

| May 4, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: The Family Man

Our ‘Real Wolf Hall’ series of articles continues today with a wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell the family man by Teri Fitzgerald – thank you Teri! “Judging by the reactions to the BBC’s six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, the contest over the legacies of More and Cromwell is […]

The Real Wolf Hall – Who was Thomas More?

| April 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Who was Thomas More?

Today, Beth von Staats, author of Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell and creator of QueenAnneBoleyn.com, shares with us a biography of Thomas More. And it was precisely in defence of the rights of conscience that the example of Thomas More shone brightly. It can be said that he demonstrated in a singular way the value […]

The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

| April 20, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing articles on some of the real historical characters we meet in Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and the BBC adaptation of the books. Today, we kick off the series with an article by Olga Hughes of http://nerdalicious.com.au/. Olga looks at who Walter […]

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

| April 5, 2015

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

Wolf Hall starts tonight in the US on PBS Masterpiece so over the next few weeks I’m going to be publishing some articles on the real historical characters and events featured in the TV series and the books by Hilary Mantel that it’s adapted from. But, for now you can read more about some of […]

Wolf Hall – The Real Cast

| March 4, 2015

Wolf Hall – The Real Cast

I’ve been receiving lots of questions about the historical personalities featured in the recent BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies so I’m currently working on some special articles on some of these characters, helped by Clare Cherry, Olga Hughes, Teri Fitzgerald and Beth von Staats. These articles will […]

Anne Boleyn and the fire in her chamber

| February 28, 2015

Anne Boleyn and the fire in her chamber

Thank you to Phillipa Vincent-Connolly for asking me about this event and for suggesting that I write a post about it. It is, of course, an event which was shown recently in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall. In the series, just after the death of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, played by Claire Foy, […]