|Emmy-winner Damian Lewis, as King Henry VIII, being filmed for Wolf Hall (BBC)|
Mantel worked closely with director, Peter Kosminsky, during filming and has given drama her seal of approval, saying,
"My expectations were high and have been exceeded: in the concision and coherence of the storytelling, in the originality of the interpretations, in the break from the romantic clichés of the genre, in the wit and style and heart. Mark Rylance gives a mesmeric performance as Cromwell, its effect building through the series."
|Olivier award winner Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall (BBC)|
|Joanne Whalley plays Katherine of Aragon in the new BBC series (BBC)|
|The burial place of Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough Cathedral|
Unlike her successor, Anne Boleyn, at least Katherine was allowed to die a natural death. As we shall see in fortcoming episodes of Woldf Hall, Anne's fate was far worse. Interestingly, Mark Shernick's The Curiosity Shop blog has discovered that both Prince William and his wife, Kate (nee Middleton), share an ancestor in Anne Boleyn's niece and former attendant, Catherine Carey, Lady Knollys (1523 - 1586), who witnessed her aunt's beheading at the Tower of London on May 19, 1536.
Surprisingly enough, this is not the only Tudor queen in the database. As I revealed in my Peterborough Cathedral post, the Cambridgeshire Cathedral has more royal connections, believed also to be the original burial place of Mary, Queen of Scots.
I shall be watching Wolf Hall with interest over the next few weeks and checking back with the database to see whether I can identify the burial places of some of the minor characters in the series.
|Founded early in the 13th century by the Countess of Salisbury as a
nunnery of the Augustinian order, the exterior of Lacock Abbey is used to
represent Wolf Hall, the Seymour family seat. (BBC/National Trust) |
We would very much like to hear from anyone who has managed to trace their ancestry back to the period of Henry VIII's reign: 1509-1547. Have you discovered where you ancestors were buried, or do you have connections to the the throne? Do let us know this and your thoughts on the new BBC drama in the Comments Box below, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages!