Bring Up the Bodies, CD-Audio Book
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Longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. 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.

In Bring up the Bodies Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

This new novel is an audacious vision of Tudor England that sheds its light on the modern world.

This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Pages: 12 pages
  • Publisher: W F Howes Ltd
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781471203091

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Just as rich in period detail as the first volume. Beautifully read, too, by Simon Vance. Thomas Cromwell seems less morally ambiguous in this story of the downfall of Anne Boleyn and four men in her circle. He uses the law to serve the king, and those who miss their chance to capitulate suffer the consequences. The difference between law and justice seems very wide, indeed. Cromwell acts to advance and / or protect himself in the circles of power. His actions are driven by loyalty to King Henry and by lingering resentment against Cardiinal Wolsey's old enemies. In the first volume it was easier to see him as acting in defense of the realm.

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