Monday July 6, 2020

Mantel's triumphant return to Tudor times

Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Fourth Estate, €16. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

2nd June, 2012
Hans Holbein's 1537 painting of Henry VIII.

Bring Up The Bodies


Among Hilary Mantel's manifold talents is her knack of presenting history and those who inhabit it as part of a continuum. Her historical characters belong to both the past and the present, their behaviour and belief systems reminiscent of today, despite being rooted in a bygone era.

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