Another Marriage in Flames | Bring Up The Bodies | A Review

Of course, after reviewing Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies was sure to follow.


The sequel to Hilary Mantel’s international bestseller and Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the downfall of Anne Boleyn.

Though he battled for years to marry her, Henry VIII has become disenchanted with the audacious Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son, and her sharp intelligence and strong will have alienated his old friends and the noble families of England.

When the discarded Katherine, Henry’s first wife, dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice, setting in motion a dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over a few terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally himself with his enemies. What price will he pay for Annie’s head?

Star Rating4 Stars

If you asked me which one was my favourite, this or Wolf Hall, I think I’d find it pretty hard to choose.

Bring Up The Bodies follow Thomas Cromwell as he tries to remove Anne Boleyns tight grasp off the crown, Henry’s fallen out of love with her and wants his marriage to end. (We should all know by now that this does, in fact, happen!)

There’s an awful lot more deaths in this book, especially towards the end, when Anne and her lovers are put on trial (or not as the case may be) and we’re introduced to a more gruesome side of the Tudors.

Now the question is, with all that’s going on in the world right now, does The Mirror and The Light class as an essential read to tackle? It’s a rather large book at over 900 pages! Maybe now is the perfect time?

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read Bring Up The Bodies and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell series to your TBR?

P.S As my lecturer always tells us ‘Wash your hands, don’t get sick’. Keep well and stay safe!

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