Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

| February 2, 2015

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

If you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s novels, don’t know the history surrounding the farce “Cardinal Wolsely going down to Hell” and haven’t watched episode 2 of Wolf Hall, then you might not want to read this article – SPOILERS! Last week’s episode of “Wolf Hall” closed with Cardinal Wolsey’s death and Cromwell watching a performance […]

Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies Plays Review by Marcia Wadham

| July 23, 2014

Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies Plays Review by Marcia Wadham

Thank you so much to Marcia Wadham for writing this wonderful review of the RSC’s adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies… Hilary Mantel’s books are wonderfully brought to life in these stage plays from the RSC. It was hard to imagine how each book, with around 800 pages of […]

The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

| January 14, 2014

The Spitefully Ambitious Anne Boleyn

Earlier today, Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn, drew attention on her Facebook wall to a review of the RSC stage adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.1 The review by Morning Star includes the comment “Lydia Leonard’s spitefully ambitious Anne Boleyn – a wife who one feels […]

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

| May 24, 2013

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

I thought I’d write a review (well, more of a rundown) of the BBC2 programme The Last Days of Anne Boleyn for those of you who missed it or are unable to see it. I sat scribbling notes as fast as I could and I hope this makes sense! The programme flitted between a narrator […]

Wolf Hall to Be Adapted for TV by the BBC

| August 23, 2012

Wolf Hall to Be Adapted for TV by the BBC

I’ve just heard that Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is to be adapted for television for the UK TV channel BBC 2. You can read more about it in The Telegraph’s article – Wolf Hall is to be a BBC Drama Who do you think will be cast as the main characters and who would you […]

Bring Up the Bodies – The Facts Behind the Fiction

| June 26, 2012

Bring Up the Bodies – The Facts Behind the Fiction

Since Hilary Mantel’s novel Bring Up the Bodies has been published, I have been inundated with emails asking me if I was going to review it and also asking me whether certain things are true. Well, I’m not going to review it because I don’t feel right doing that when I’ve also written a book […]

Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Me

| May 21, 2012

Anne Boleyn’s Fall and Me

As you know, I was counting down, day by day, to Anne Boleyn’s execution on The Fall of Anne Boleyn timeline. Well, by this time in 1536 Anne was dead and gone and was about to be replaced by a new queen. I do have more articles to add to The Fall site, but I […]

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

| January 11, 2012

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Just a quickie post to alert those of you who haven’t heard to the changes in publication date of the sequel to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Here are the dates:- UK – Hardback edition to be published by Fourth Estate/Harper Collins on the 10th May 2012 Australia – Hardback edition […]