Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review-Bring up the Bodies





The Tudors.  Such an interesting family.  Politics, scandal, romance-what more can you ask for? If you haven't yet read Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies you should start now! Hilary Mantel's series on the Tudors is engrossing (and she has one more to go.)
The stories are told from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell, a commoner who rose to power in Henry the VIII's court.  Ms. Mantel takes a much more human view of Cromwell than other writers.  She shows him as a family man who is fiercely loyal to those he loves, however, she also explores his ruthless and vindictive side.
I liked Bring up the Bodies because of the detail about the era, the personalities of the characters, and the level of detail.  It is one of those books that transports you right into the story.  When you are reading about something that took place in the depths of winter and put down the book you are surprised that it is a hot summer day.
Now I have to wait for the final installment!
Bring Up the Bodies
Bring Up the Bodies
By Mantel, Hilary
2012-05 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805090031 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (2013), Costa Book Awards (2012), Man Booker Prize (2012), Women's Fiction AKA Orange Prize (2013)

The sequel to 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. …More


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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
By Mantel, Hilary
2009-10 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805080681 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (2010), Costa Book Awards (2009), Indies Choice Book Awards (2010), Man Booker Prize (2009), National Book Critics Circle Award (2009), Orange Broadband Prize (2010), Women's Fiction AKA Orange Prize (2010)


In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man, Thomas Cromwell, dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power.
HPL patron:  A personal and in depth treatment of Thomas Cromwell.  From child to adult.  A view more compassionate than history-well researched but still …More


The Boleyn Inheritance
The Boleyn Inheritance
By Gregory, Philippa
2006-12 - Touchstone Books
9780743272506 Check Our Catalog

From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Constant Princess" and "The Other Boleyn Girl" comes a tempestuous Tudor tale about two queens, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Parr, and the woman who destroys them both. …More


The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
By Maxwell, Robin
1997-04 - Arcade Publishing
9781559703758 Check Our Catalog

Anne Boleyn was the second of Henry's six wives, doomed to be beloved, betrayed, and beheaded. When Henry fell madly in love with her upon her return from the French court, where she was educated, he was already married to Catherine of Aragon. But his passion for Anne was great enough to rock the foundations of England and of all Christendom. When the pope refused to dissolve his marriage to …More


Lamentation
Lamentation
By Sansom, C. J.
2015-02 - Mulholland Books
9780316254960 Check Our Catalog

As Henry VIII lies on his deathbed, an incendiary manuscript threatens to tear his court apart.

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councilors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government. As heretics are hunted across London, and radical Protestants are burned at the stake, the Catholic
…More