#ad Last month, I participated in a buddy read hosted by @teereads for Hilary Mantel’s brilliant novel, ‘Wolf Hall’. I ended up finishing the novel the first part of November and have been mentally digesting it since then. Isn’t that one of the telling signs of a good book! Since finishing, in typical Cate Butler fashion, I’ve tumbled down a Tudor rabbit hole and have researched various Tudor topics. If you enjoy a book that’s intelligent, meaty and has characters that come to life, give this one a go. It is definitely one that rewards you with that book hangover we readers love! And if you’re looking for a book to gift for that discerning reader, look no further!
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I’m reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel at the moment and I am enjoying it very much It really is historical fiction at its absolute best. It is set during the early years of the reign of Henry VIII and focuses on the time period during which Henry was trying to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon so he could marry Anne Boleyn The eyes through which all this is seen - and the sharp and rational mind via which a lot of it is achieved - is the fascinating character of Thomas Cromwell - Henry’s right-hand man and a strong advocate of the Reformation which followed on from Henry falling out with Rome after marrying Anne. It is the way in which Mantel inhabits the mind and body of Cromwell and brings him - and the time and place he lives in - to vivid life which really sets this book apart from the herd. Highly recommended #wolfhall#hilarymantel#bookrecommendation#bookworms#booksilove#readingrecommendations#onmybookshelf#bibliophile#ipreview @preview.app
10 day book challenge. Book 4 (I'm sneaking two into one): Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Series by Hilary Mantel. I am obsessed with Tudor history, specifically with the famous King Henry and his six doomed wives. These books are from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell, and begins with the downfall of Cardinal Wosley, with Thomas taking his place as the Kings secretary. Superb writing and by far the best I've read on this bit of history. Martel sticks close to the historical facts, and leaves out the soap opera drama that other writers tend to add. This was not a beautiful love story. It was the lust of a powerful man, who used the greed of social climbers, politicians, and religious leaders to get what he wanted, no matter the outcome.
This portrait of Henry VIII is a lost work by Hans Holbein the Younger depicting Henry VIII. It was destroyed by fire in 1698 but is still well known through many copies. It is one of the most iconic images of Henry and is one of the most famous portraits of any British monarch.
The portrait was originally commisioned by Henry when he learned his third wife Jane Seymour was pregnant.
Convinced Jane was carrying the longed-for son and heir he craved, Henry commisioned the mural to commemorate her pregnancy.
Henry is depicted without any of the standard royal accoutrements such as a sword, crown, or sceptre.
But Holbein's success in conveying royal majesty without such specific props is exceptional. The majestic presence is conveyed through Henry's aggressive posture, standing proudly erect, directly facing the viewer. His legs are spread apart and arms held from his side in the pose of a warrior or a wrestler. His large codpiece and heavily padded shoulders further enhance the aggressive masculinity of the image.
The painting has frequently been described as a work of propaganda designed to enhance Henry's majesty. It deliberately skews Henry's figure to make him more imposing. Comparisons of surviving sets of Henry's armour show that his legs were much shorter in reality than in the painting. The painting also shows Henry as young and full of health, when in truth he was in his forties and had been badly injured earlier in the year in a tiltyard accident. He was also already suffering from the health problems that would affect the latter part of his life. It is not clear where in the palace the mural was located, but it may have been in the king's Privy Chamber or study, where only a very select few would have seen it.
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ANA BOLENA E BRUXARIA [Fonte: Tudor Brasil] "Quando pensamos em rainhas e bruxas, acreditamos que estas são palavras que não costumam andar juntas. Ou será que sim?
O papel de poder feminino exercido por uma rainha diante de suas sociedades patriarcais, seja este através de casamento ou linhagem, acabava por minar o ideal esperado de recato e submissão em uma mulher, além de deixá-la intocável perante os homens. Sendo assim, dentro da realeza, a bruxaria representou uma útil ferramenta a fim de alcançar mulheres que outrora seriam consideradas inalcançáveis.
Várias rainhas e damas da nobreza, especialmente na Europa, sofreram acusações de bruxaria, por vezes, quando seus inimigos queriam tirá-las de seus caminhos. A melhor e mais efetiva maneira de minar a trajetória e ascensão de uma mulher antigamente, era acusando-a de praticar feitiçaria. O ato de bruxaria era punível com a morte, e os mais leves sussurros sobre isso, seriam responsáveis por erodir toda uma sólida reputação.
Deste modo, não é nenhuma surpresa deparar-se com acusações de práticas de bruxaria, feitas contra as mulheres mais poderosas da Europa, especialmente as que usavam uma coroa."
[Fonte: site Boullan] "A idéia de que Ana Bolena era uma bruxa foi um mito espalhado e popularizado por seus adversários e por pessoas como Nicholas Sander, que provavelmente nunca sequer conheceu a rainha."