“I am already fully employed, and more than fully, it is no small enterprise, to bring down a queen of England”
— Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies
King Henry VIII is still the ever-demanding monarch. Thomas Cromwell is still the King’s right-hand man, carrying out every royal command. Now Henry wants out of his three year marriage to Anne Boleyn, and Cromwell must make it happen…
Witty, smart and often irreverent in dialogue and dealings, Bring Up the Bodies is as good, if not better, than Wolf Hall. Award-winning author HilaryMantel briefly summaries Cromwell’s previous work before plunging into an intense and detailed storyline regarding the unraveling of Queen Anne. Mantel effortlessly shows the evolution of Cromwell’s complex character, continually twisting my thoughts and opinions about this self-made hero.Unlike its predecessor, Bring Up the Bodies covers a brief period of time, making it much shorter in page length. This is deliciously rich historical fiction and most deserving of its honors.
Profanity/Language: 23 religious exclamations, 4 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 31 derogatory names, 1 scatological word, 1 anatomical term, 3 f-word derivatives
Violence/Gore: Several verbal threats; multiple reports of violence and hangings; a fire destroys property; a character is struck; prisoners are beheaded without detail; a character is beheaded with blood and gore.
Sex/Nudity: Three non-sexual depictions of nudity; frequent sexual references regarding the Queen’s fidelity to the King; jokes and other sexual conquests are mentioned; numerous implied or reported accounts of sexual activity; one incident of nudity with sexual innuendo; sexual mature discussions regarding sex and the Queen’s guilt; three accounts of sexual activity without explicit detail between adults; one detailed description of sex between adults.
Mature Subject Matter:
Accusations of incest, infidelity, and adultery; slander; death
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