Friday, October 19, 2012

Bring up the bodies

Who could resist a title like that? The judges of the Man Booker Prize couldn't when they awarded the second instalment of Hilary Mantell's Tudor epic the prestigious gong for 2012.

And there are certainly enough bodies about in this fastidiously researched, smartly written imagining of the maelstrom that was the life of Thomas Cromwell. The story began with Wolf Hall and Thomas' rise from what his arch enemies the Boleyn's considered coarse beginnings, his Dad owned a brewery, to Henry VIII's most trusted minister. Bring up the bodies maintains the pace with more intrigue and wives done wrong. You've got to love the Tudors.

And if you like them a bit better looking, cleaner and sexier, why not try the DVD series The Tudors, guilty of one of the worst cases of miscasting in cinematic history. (Watch it and you'll see what I mean.)

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