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Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel comes after her prize-winning Wolf Hall and I think it is just as good.  While Wolf Hall followed Henry the VIII trying to legally get rid of his wife Katherine so he could marry Anne Boleyn, in this book Henry is tired of Anne and wants rid of her so he can have Jane Seymour.  Both books feature Thomas Cromwell as main character and as the stories unfold we see the vital role that he played in keeping England together during Henry the VIII’s reign.  Besides Alison Weir, I think Hilary Mantel is the best historical fiction writer if you are interested in English royalty from the olden days.

Stacy W.

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