Bring Up the Bodies

Kobo ebook | May 8, 2012

byHilary Mantel

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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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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. W...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:HarperCollins CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443414379

ISBN - 13:9781443414371

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it 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.
Date published: 2015-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! 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.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A worthy sequel 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.
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fitting sequel I went straight from Wolf Hall into Bring Up The Bodies so was used to living with these characters for a substantial amount of time. Both books are intense and compelling reads but there are a great number of characters to keep track of and how they fit into the plot line(s). That being said, Mantel brings 16th century palace intrigue into the 21st century. One almost feels compassion for Thomas Cromwell as he plots and plunders and wreaks revenge for his friend and mentor, Cardinal Wolsey; caters to the fancies of an unstable Henry VIII and sets to dethrone the tempestuous Anne Boleyn while mounting a campaign for her successor, Jane Seymour. The reputation of Thomas Cromwell is very likely one of main reasons that lawyers are so maligned to this very day and it is great to witness his evolution through the clever, (and often humorous), prose of Hilary Mantel.
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hmmm - hard read Had a very hard time getting into the book...although I know all the characters portrayed, I found the author bouncing back and forth. Be sure to keep a pen and paper at hand and be sure to focus, focus, and focus some more. Not sure I would part with my money and thinking that I should get a refund for this read.
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated out of 5 by from Can't put it down!
Date published: 2012-06-10