British scholar, Hilary Mantel, has just published the second in her series of books told from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell, advisor to Henry VIII. Wolf Hall, the first, covers the rise of Anne Boleyn and Cromwell and the fall of many others. The next in the series, Bring Up the Bodies, begins where Wolf Hall leaves off and focuses on Anne Boleyn’s own downfall and her replacement on the throne with Jane Seymour. Mantel skillfully portrays the players in the intricate dance that was life in the court of Henry VIII. Cromwell is a fascinating character to be the pivot of this familiar story and Mantel has not ruled out continuing with a third novel, which we may imagine will detail Thomas Cromwell’s own spectacularly gruesome end.