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.