Bring Up the Bodies

Thomas Cromwell #2

Hilary Mantel

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The sequel to Hilary Mantel's international bestseller and Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the downfall of Anne Boleyn.
Though he battled for years to marry her, Henry VIII has become disenchanted with the audacious Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son, and her sharp intelligence and strong will have alienated his old friends and the noble families of England.

When the discarded Katherine, Henry's first wife, dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice, setting in motion a dramatic trial of the queen and her suitors for adultery and treason.

At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down. Over a few terrifying weeks, Anne is ensnared in a web of conspiracy, while the demure Jane Seymour stands waiting her turn for the poisoned wedding ring. But Anne and her powerful family will not yield without a ferocious struggle. To defeat the Boleyns, Cromwell must ally himself with his enemies. What price will he pay for Annie's head?
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challenging 72%
dark 68%
tense 59%
reflective 50%
informative 45%
emotional 27%
funny 11%
sad 11%
adventurous 9%
mysterious 6%
relaxing 2%


medium 52%
slow 43%
fast 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 4% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 41% | Yes: 30% | No: 28%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 63% | Yes: 15% | It's complicated: 11% | N/A: 9%

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