It’s now 1536. Anne Boleyn has lost the child she was carrying and her marriage to the king is falling apart. The members of the court see this, and it’s only a matter of time before, and it’s common knowledge that the king is very interested in Jane Seymour. Following Henry VIII’s instructions, Cromwell begins to plot Anne Boleyn’s downfall. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×06, “Master of Phantoms”
It’s currently September 1533, and Anne Boleyn returns to Whitehall not with the son and heir she promised Henry, but with a daughter. Henry is disappointed at this, and he requests that his daughter be named Elizabeth, most likely after his own mother, Elizabeth of York. He also orders that the joust planned in anticipation of the newborn prince be canceled. The Boleyns remark that Cromwell didn’t ask about the queen. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×04, “The Devil’s Spit”
It is December 1529. Wolsey has lost power and has taken refuge at Esher. Cromwell is still in London, seeking to have Wolsey reinstated. He pays a visit to Henry, who refuses to talk about the cardinal. It looks like Henry is doing all he can to avoid making a final decision about Wolsey. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall 1×02, “Entirely Beloved”
Happy almost weekend! I’ll be recapping the American broadcast of Wolf Hall on PBS’s Masterpiece over the next few weeks, and I’m really looking forward to it. For those of you who don’t know, the series is based on Hilary Mantel’s novel of the same name and tells the story of Henry VIII, his break with the Catholic Church, and his marriage to Anne Boleyn through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell. This series features an all-star cast and one of the best portrayals of Henry VIII that I have seen to date. Read More New Show Recap: Wolf Hall, Episode One, “Three Card Trick”
Hilary Mantel makes for a good literary celebrity around here: She’s won the Booker Prize twice, and the stage adaptations of her winning books are doing well. She’s progressed so far in the celebrity circus that her views are now “controversial” (the media love bringing up her words about the Duchess of Cambridge, although nobody has bothered to read the whole transcript of the speech in question, so pretty normal procedure there). I suspect she wishes she wasn’t quite so famous by now. Read More The Year of Reading Women: Hilary Mantel
The ladyblogosphere is very small. You’re always running into each other at twitter parties and leaning to your friend going, “I can’t believe they showed their face here!” Let’s see who came to the party this week, shall we?