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Not as brilliant as Wolf Hall, which I found more interesting (I prefer the use of "he" without the addition of "Cromwell"), Bring Up The Bodies is still the very image of historical fiction perfection: interesting, engaging and realistic. We never have to stop because we encounter a glaring anachronism, we never close the book in indignation because we find bad history. And that is wonderful.

The reason why I don't think BUTB is as good as WH is Anne Boleyn. Or, actually, Anne Boleyn as Cromwell's counter-part. In WH, the Cromwell/More dynamic was electrifying and the final confrontation was brilliant. I read their encounters (especially in prison) with an open mouth and full of exhilaration. But AB, at least in this book, is not on Cromwell's level at all and she provides no delicious counter-point to our main character. She doesn't know what is going on until it happens, which makes for less addictive reading. I did love Jane Seymour, who is intriguing and complex.

I suppose Gardiner will be the counter-point I am looking for in The Mirror and the Light.

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