compelling narrative, poetic, elegant & stylish,
This review is from: Bring up the Bodies (Paperback)
When it comes to people making momentous decisions on the basis of throwaway remarks, idle boasts, gossip and loose talk, the Tudors gave us a masterclass. But there again, for good or bad, isn't this in some measure the story of our own lives, though we may never know how momentous any of our decisions may be? Perhaps that's part of the reason why we are so fascinated by the Tudors.
In language sometimes poetic, elegant and stylish and at other times crude, ribald and cruel, to match her subject matter, Hilary Mantel continues to chart Thomas Cromwell's course through the treacherous marshes of Henry VIII's bizarre emotional and mental life, to the downfall and execution of Anne Boleyn.
Whilst reading Mantel's compelling narrative, I felt, as with "Wolf Hall", that I was as close as we can ever possibly be to how the experience may have been for "Master Secretary" Cromwell himself. So much so that I wondered that Cromwell didn't have to take time off work with stress, working for a boss like Henry, manipulative and unstable. In such an environment, the news that you've finally got your own final appointment at the Tower must almost come as a blessed relief.
I look forward to being guided through Cromwell's journey to that final appointment in the next novel in Hilary Mantel's Tudor trilogy.