Anne Boleyn

Book Review: 2012 Shortlisted: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Review # 5)

Rating: 4
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages

Bring Up The Bodies is yet another book that is a part of our BookerMarks collaborative project and is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. We all know the story of Anne “off with her head” Boleyn and this will be the 5th review– there is really not much more I can add without being repetitive so this is going to be brief.

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Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies (Review #3)

Bring_Up_The_BodiesRating: 4.5
Bring Up the Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages

The Setup: The sequel to Hilary 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

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three 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. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head? (From the hardcover edition)

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Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies (Review #2)

Rating 4.5
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel is the second novel in a trilogy about King Henry the VIII and Thomas Cromwell. Mantel starts Bring Up the Bodies without missing a beat after the ending of Wolf Hall. From the opening pages, we find the wonderful compassionate side of Thomas Cromwell as well as the tale tell signs of King Henry’s disillusionment with Anne Boleyn and their marriage. Most of us know before we start how this book is going to end. The fact that we know how the book will end and we still read it as an exciting page turner is why this book has been nominated for the Man Booker long list. (more…)

Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies

Rating: 4
Bring Up The Bodies
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2012 / 407 Pages

Audiobook: 14 hrs and 35 minutes
Narration:  Simon Vance

The Setup: The sequel to Hilary 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

Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over three 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. Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies follows the dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally with his natural enemies, the papist aristocracy. What price will he pay for Anne’s head? (from the hardcover edition)

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