‘Wolf Hall’ begins in England in 1527. Henry VIII has been King for almost twenty years and is desperate for a male heir. Intent on divorce he demands that Cardinal Wolsey persuade the Pope to grant him an annulment - but progress is slow and the King’s anger grows. Into this volatile court enters the one-time mercenary, master-politician, lawyer and doting father Thomas Cromwell, who sets out to grant the King his desire, whilst methodically and ruthlessly pursuing his own reforming agenda.
In ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, Anne Boleyn is now Queen, her path to Henry’s side cleared by Cromwell. When the King begins to fall in love with Jane Seymour, Cromwell must negotiate an increasingly dangerous court as he charms, bullies and manipulates nobility, commoners and foreign powers alike to satisfy Henry, keep the nation safe, and advance his own ambitions.
Hilary Mantel is the first author to win two Man Booker Prizes with consecutive novels. Adapted by Mike Poulton, they were premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in December 2013, directed by Jeremy Herrin.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 2014
- 129 x 197mm