Bring up the Bodies plunges us once again into the absorbing life and times of Thomas Cromwell, here in the year 1535-6, as he seeks to oust Anne Boleyn and replace her with Henry VIII’s next squeeze, Jane Seymour. For the most part the sequel is every bit as dazzling as the Booker-winning Wolf Hall. The characterisation is incredible, the description of setting vivid. The dialogue exhibits the same delicious humour of its predecessor. The pacing is perfect. You really feel as if you’re in the cut and thrust of Tudor England.
Commencing where Wolf Hall left off, Henry and his court are enjoying summer at Wolf Hall, home of the Seymour family. Timid and plain Jane is known to Henry already, but it is here that he sees her in a new light. Cromwell begins to manoeuvre things to suit the whims of the monarch.
Times are tense. …
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