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I hadn't realised – until I read this book – how much work Henry VIII's marital problems caused the stonemasons of Hampton Court. After years of carving the letters H&C all over the place, Henry got rid of Catherine of Aragon, so the Cs had to be reworked as As. But, no sooner was the last A in place than Anne Boleyn was executed on Tower Hill and the As had to become Js to suit Jane Seymour, who promptly died in childbirth. And there were still three more queens to go, so, lots more chiseling, presumably.

Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall

Edward III and the Triumph of England, By Richard Barber: Book review

Edward III is back in fashion. Since the 1950s there has been a revolution in historical thinking that has restored Edward – who reigned from 1327 to 1377 – to the reputation he enjoyed in the days of Henry V and Henry VIII. Recent biographers have cast him as the very model of medieval monarchy: "the perfect king" and "Edward the Great".

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Coupling star Ben Miles has been cast as the lead in the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaption of Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels

Ben Miles cast as Thomas Cromwell in RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

Coupling star Ben Miles has been cast as Thomas Cromwell in the Royal Shakespeare Company's double bill of Hilary Mantel's award-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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A model of the 'Mary Rose'

Secrets of Henry VIII's Mary Rose flagship to be revealed in new £27m museum

A £27 million museum for Henry VIII’s flagship, the ‘Mary Rose’, will be opened later in Portsmouth, reuniting the ship with thousands of its artefacts after they were salvaged 30 years ago.

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Queen of fiction: Hilary Mantel

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IoS paperback review: A Short History of England, By Simon Jenkins

A good old traditional kings-and-queens canter through English history, from the withdrawal of the Romans in 410, to the election of the coalition in 2010.

Hilary Mantel promises stylish ending to Thomas Cromwell trilogy

Hilary Mantel has promised to use her third instalment of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy to "bring it home in style".

The Cromwell steamroller triumphs

"There are no endings. If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings." So (almost) ends Bring Up the Bodies: a final flourish that now applies to their creator too.

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