@ Your Library 10.15.20

The Crazy Days of Henry VIII

 

@ Your Library

by Beverly Ewart

10.15. 20

 

 

A big fan of historical fiction, I recently picked up Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and was transported to the court of Henry VIII and his minions.  Being thankful that MY world isn’t like the world was in the time of Anne Boleyn, William Tyndale, and Thomas Cromwell, I enjoyed the story.  However, I do think there are some similarities between those far away crazy days and our own.  The more I read, the more struck I was by echoes of history still resounding now.  

Check it out - maybe you’ll see what I mean.

 

  • Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel.  England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.  (Winner: 2009 Man Booker Prize.)

 

  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel by Hilary Mantel. The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Wolf Hall delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious willfulness alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. - Provided by publisher.


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