Monday, February 18, 2013

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

The staggering achievement of Hilary Mantel's most recent novels about Thomas Cromwell and King Henry VIII of England can not be exaggerated.

The emotional sweep of Cromwell's inner life, the historical intricacy of the cultural and economic moment of the time period, and how that moment defines and limits hundreds of major and minor characters from the era:  all are utterly unique.  Certainly, Mantel cites sources and has talked about the importance of several texts -- the same core history that Shakespeare essentially mines for his history places -- in creating the narratives, but what she has done in imagining the time from Cromwell's point of view is a triumph of poetry and wit and dramatic tension.

1 comment:

Salmon Fishing Rogue River said...

Want to read Wolf Hall myself, have read all good things about the author.