Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, superbly adapted for television, is brilliant because it defies easy definition

Peter Ackroyd’s Tudors is a pedestrian chronicle of the fascinating age of Reformation

Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies is a dazzling exercise in literary ventriloquism, but it panders too much to modern sensibilities, painting Thomas Cromwell as a secular saint