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“You can be merry with the king, you can share a joke with him. But as Thomas More used to say, it’s like sporting with a tamed lion.
The first time I read Wolf Hall I found myself continually distracted as I compared it to Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night. Perhaps that’s an odd comparison: a historical biographical novel against an academic murder mystery, but Mantel’s subtlety of prose and use of irony kept me thinking over and over about Sayers. 1,678 more words