Dates/Times/Assignments February 16 February 2022, 6 o'clock p.m. ET: Part I, Chapters 1-3 Across the Narrow Sea. 1500.Paternity. 1527.At Austin Friars. 1527 March 2 March 2022, 6 o'clock p.m. ET: Part 2, Chapters 1-3 Visitation. 1529.An Occult History of Britain. 1521-1529Make or Mar. All Hallows 1529. 16 March 2022, 6 o'clock p.m. ET: Part 3,… Continue reading Wolf Hall 2022 Reading Schedule
TM&tL: Part I, Chapter 2, ‘Salvage’
When Adam delved and Eve span / Who was then the gentleman? (24): The first time we heard this ditty was at the end of Wolf Hall (in Part 6, 'Supremacy'). This is taken from a sermon by John Ball, a 14th century priest who predates the better-known John Wycliffe as a reforming influence in… Continue reading TM&tL: Part I, Chapter 2, ‘Salvage’
TM&tL: Part I, Chapter 1, ‘Wreckage (I)’
This post also includes notes to some of the front material, too.
The Mirror & the Light: Reading Schedule
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Bring Up the Bodies Discussion Playback: Part I, Chapter 1
Discussion of Part I, Chapter 1, of Bring Up the Bodies
Mike’s Marginalia: Bring Up the Bodies, Part I, Chapter 1
All page numbers refer to the 2012 hardback edition of Bring Up the Bodies, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC. Chapter I ‘Am I not a man like other men? Am I not? Am I not?’ (ix) Before we get to the novel, before we even get to the Dramatis Personæ or table of… Continue reading Mike’s Marginalia: Bring Up the Bodies, Part I, Chapter 1
Wolf Hall: Notes and Recordings
Part 1 ("Across the Narrow Sea" | "Paternity" | "At Austin Friars") Playback | Notes Part 2 ("Visitation" | "An Occult History of Britain" | "Make or Mar") Playback | Notes Part 3 ("Three-Card Trick" | "Entirely Beloved Cromwell" | The Dead Complain of Their Burial") Playback | Notes Part 4 ("Arrange Your Face" | "Alas, What Shall I… Continue reading Wolf Hall: Notes and Recordings
Novels and History
A thesis that I carry to everything I read is this: all writing -- literally ::all:: writing -- has an agenda. Whether it's a novel, a historical account, a shopping list, or an essay. History is not fact, it's conjecture.
“In Defence of Thomas More”: A Rebuttal
A friend sent me a recent(ish) article from the Times Literary Supplement titled, "In defence of Thomas More." My quick answer is: that guy doesn't need a defense. But I put a little more work into it, and that's what follows. It's long, by the way, for those who like a warning.
Mike Answers Your Wolf Hall Questions
(I literally do not understand why anyone would want to be a monarch, by the way. Everyone wants you to die. Everything about your existence is rounded by prescription and proscription. Let me be a peasant who dies at 35 if I have to be time-traveled to the 16th century.)