What to Expect When We are Expecting Wolf Hall :)

source: farfarawaysite.com
source: farfarawaysite.com

You already know what’s coming if you have read the books. If not, please please do not get upset if you don’t get to see Henry VIII as often as you want in Wolf Hall, in particular the first episode. After all, this is Thomas Cromwell’s story.

Gaby Wood explains in her recent Telegraph article:

“Lewis compares playing Henry VIII to being a substitute on a football team – in particular, he compares him to ‘Supersub’ David Fairclough, who played for Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s. ‘He was a redhead,’ he says, identifying closely with the footballer. ‘He rarely started a game for Liverpool – he was always a substitute, and he had a knack for coming on and scoring a winner. And I feel that in this version, it’s a bit like what Henry VIII is. He comes on occasionally, dazzles, and goes away again.” Continue reading “What to Expect When We are Expecting Wolf Hall :)”

Henry the God-like King vs Henry the Tender Man

source: BBC
source: BBC

Thomas Cromwell is, of course, the heart and soul of Wolf Hall, and Hilary Mantel tells the story through his eyes.

The most central relationship in Wolf Hall is between Cromwell and the King Henry VIII. Mark Rylance talks about Henry VIII in a recent Telegraph article: “He has very complicated patterns in his mind, which Cromwell tries to guide and deal with.’ Rylance laughs. ‘Sometimes you felt a bit like a psychiatrist, playing Cromwell.’

As Cromwell constantly tries to understand Henry so that he can guide and deal with him,  I want to showcase Henry VIII today in Hilary Mantel’s brilliant words complete with my own over-analysis of my favorite Tudor 🙂

Here’s a very brief Wolf Hall clip with Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell:

The King says : “Who says I shouldn’t employ the son of an honest blacksmith? …Everything that you have will come from me.”

This is an all-powerful, controlling, ruthless, god-like King. Continue reading “Henry the God-like King vs Henry the Tender Man”

Wolf Hall ARRIVES in America!

Wolf Hall FUN has finally arrived in America, with a NEW hashtag in the king’s hands!

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source: PBS Press Room

Welcome to America, Henry!

Wolf Hall FUN in America started at a tea party hosted by the British Consul Chris O’Connor’s LA home on January 18. Continue reading “Wolf Hall ARRIVES in America!”

Take a Fun Quiz and Find out…

Which Henry VIII wife you are!

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As Henry is moving from wife to wife, I think we should put everything in perspective once and for all that everyone knows her place in the court of Henry VIII ☺ Continue reading “Take a Fun Quiz and Find out…”

In Defense of Skinny Henry :)

source: farfarawaysite.com
source: farfarawaysite.com

I don’t know about Damian Lewis, but I am a bit sick and tired of reading on social media and elsewhere about people being suspicious about the “skinny” Henry VIII on Wolf Hall 🙂

So, in defense of skinny Henry, I present the evidence! Continue reading “In Defense of Skinny Henry :)”