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