Hilary Mantel's new work, Bringing Up the Bodies is the sequel to the Man Booker-winning Wolf Hall.
I have a confession to make. I have yet to read Wolf Hall. I know, I know! Bad Tudor Book Blogger! But I promise, it is at the top of my list. Regardless, I am very excited about it, though a little unsure about the title...
By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry’s actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. When Henry visits Wolf Hall, Cromwell watches as Henry falls in love with the silent, plain Jane Seymour. The minister sees what is at stake: not just the king’s pleasure, but the safety of the nation. As he eases a way through the sexual politics of the court, its miasma of gossip, he must negotiate a ‘truth’ that will satisfy Henry and secure his own career. But neither minister nor king will emerge undamaged from the bloody theatre of Anne’s final days.
In ‘Bring up the Bodies’, sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning ‘Wolf Hall’, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is a speaking picture, an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world. It is the work of one of our great writers at the height of her powers.
I'm not going to lie. It sounds good! I know there have be a ton of novels written on Anne Boleyn, but I think that Mantel's style and deliverance of the events of May 1536 will offer a refreshing look. We shall see!
It is due for release on May 10, 2012 in the UK and May 22, 2012 in the USA.