The Tudor Society
  • Thomas Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey and Wolf Hall

    Thank you to Emilie and Nathaniel the dog for asking these excellent questions on Wolf Hall, and the relationship of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and his servant, Thomas Cromwell.

    Were the two men as close as they were shown in Wolf Hall?

    How did Cromwell feel about Wolsey’s fall?

    I answer these questions and also explain the history behind a scene in Hilary Mantel’s second novel in the series, Bring Up the Bodies, in which Cromwell vows revenge on those involved in Wolsey’s fall and in mocking him.

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  • Wolf Hall

    For those of you ‘over the pond’, the BBC TV series Wolf Hall starts on PBS tonight. Its airing in the UK caused many heated debates on social media so it will be interesting to see what happens after episode 1 tonight.

    Here are some links for articles about the TV series and the real history behind Hilary Mantel’s novels:

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  • Thomas Cromwell Mania

    A miniature of Thomas Cromwell wearing a fur collar by Hans Holbein the Younger

    Thomas Cromwell is hot property at the moment and is just everywhere – I wonder why…

    Anyway, I thought I’d draw your attention to some articles about him and also some recommended reading on him.

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  • Historical Fiction and Accuracy

    This week’s Claire Chats video is about historical fiction and accuracy.

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