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Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel (John MacRae Books)

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel (John MacRae Books)

"What can I say about this trilogy? It is the reason you are looking at this display of Tudor literature. It has revolutionized the genre of historical fiction. Although I must admit up front that I am not always in complete agreement with Mantel's assessments of particular historical individuals, her prose, by turns opaque and crystalline, is always magnificent and a delight to read. The author has done for Henry VIII's much-feared minister and enforcer, Thomas Cromwell, what Lin-Manuel Miranda has done for Alexander Hamilton — made him a star of popular culture."

Alan H.

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Author Hilary Mantel
Publisher Picador
Publication Date 2013-05-07
Section Fiction / New Titles - Paperback / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Alan H.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781250024176


Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by
The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Publishers Weekly

Named a Best Book of the Year by
The New Yorker • Time • USA Today • The Economist • NPR • The Atlantic • Los Angeles Times • The Wall Street Journal • Chicago Tribune • Entertainment Weekly • The Daily Beast • Financial Times • The Christian Science Monitor • San Francisco Chronicle • Seattle Times •

The sequel to Hilary Mantel's 2009 Man Booker Prize winner and New York Times bestseller, Bring Up the Bodies delves into the heart of Tudor history with the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

Though he battled for years to marry her—a story told in Wolf Hall—Henry is now disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son, and her sharp intelligence alienates his old friends and the noble families of England. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over a few terrifying weeks, Cromwell ensnares her in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour waits her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle, and to defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must now ally himself with his enemies. What price will he pay for Anne’s head?

Hailed around the world as a stunning literary achievement, Bring Up the Bodies evokes this frightening episode of English history as no book has before.   

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