Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies [&] The Mirror & the Light
Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies [&] The Mirror & the Light

MANTEL, Hilary. Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies [&] The Mirror & the Light.

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MANTEL, Hilary Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies [&] The Mirror & the Light. London: Fourth Estate, 2009.

Crown 8vos., Wolf Hall with original black boards, lettered in gold to spine; iconic unclipped dust jacket by Andy Bridge; pp. [vi], vii-xvii, [iii], 3-653, [i]; boards a tad faded, small mark to lower fore-edge, and light creasing along spine; previous ownership name in biro to verso of ffep; else an excellent copy; the jacket unclipped (£18.99), with only minimal creasing to extremities; Bring up the Bodies in publisher's black boards, lettered gilt to spine, pictorial endpapers, in dustwrapper; pp. xiii, [v], 411, [iii]; a fine copy in equally fine, unclipped dustwrapper; Mirror and the Light with turquoise boards, gilt lion to upper and spine, lettered in gilt; black and white photographic endpapers; ribbon marker; original unclipped jacket (£25); pp. [viii], ix-xiv, [vi], 3-904; aside from very marginal creasing to jacket, a fine copy.
First editions all (1), Wolf Hall in the correct first state jacket, with just the Diana Athill review to the lower panel.
This Booker Prize-winning historical series was made into a BBC TV mini series starring Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, and Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn. The title is taken after the Seymour family seat of Wolfhall or Wulfhall in Wiltshire. Set in the period from 1500 to 1535, it is a sympathetic fictionalised biography documenting the rapid rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More.
The second volume in Mantel's acclaimed historical epic, continues to follow Thomas Cromwell's role in political events of the period and his relationship with King Henry VIII, as Anne Boleyn fails to supply an heir and Jane Seymour is lined up as a replacement. It won Mantel the Booker Prize in the year of publication.
The long anticipated third instalment of the trilogy was released in 2012, and completes the story of Thomas Cromwell, and documents his ascent to the pinnacle of riches and power, followed by his fall from royal favour and subsequent public execution at Tower Hill in 1540.

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