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Hilary Mantelová

Datum narození: 6. červenec 1952

Hilary Mary Mantelová CBE, rozená Thompsonová je britská spisovatelka, autorka románů, povídek a pamětí, básnířka, literární a filmová kritička. Za své dílo prolínající osobní vzpomínky a historickou fikci získala několik významných literárních nominací a ocenění. Je dvojnásobnou laureátkou Man Bookerovy ceny. Oceněna byla v roce 2009 za historický román Wolf Hall a v roce 2012 za pokračování nazvané Předveďte mrtvé. Její prozaická díla byla adaptována i do jevištní podoby.


„Zdá se, že Kate byla vybrána pro úlohu princezny, protože se jí nedalo naprosto nic vytknout: tak štíhlá, jak si jen kdo může přát, bez výstřelků, bez zvláštností, bez rizika vzniku osobnosti.“

„It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.“ Wolf Hall


„Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.“ Wolf Hall

„You're only young once, they say, but doesn't it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.“ An Experiment in Love

„If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient."

[, 25 February 2010]“

„The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.“ Bring Up the Bodies

„It is all very well planning what you will do in six months, what you will do in a year, but it’s no good at all if you don’t have a plan for tomorrow.“ Wolf Hall

„The word 'however' is like an imp coiled beneath your chair. It induces ink to form words you have not yet seen, and lines to march across the page and overshoot the margin. There are no endings. If you think so you are deceived as to their nature. They are all beginnings. Here is one.“ Bring Up the Bodies


„You learn nothing about men by snubbing them and crushing their pride. You must ask them what it is they can do in this world, that they alone can do.“ Wolf Hall

„The trouble with England, he thinks, is that it's so poor in gesture. We shall have to develop a hand signal for ‘Back off, our prince is fucking this man's daughter.’ He is surprised that the Italians have not done it. Though perhaps they have, and he just never caught on.“ Wolf Hall

„Some say the Tudors transcend this history, bloody and demonic as it is: that they descend from Brutus through the line of Constantine, son of St Helena, who was a Briton. Arthur, High King of Britain, was Constantine's grandson. He married up to three women, all called Guinevere, and his tomb is at Glastonbury, but you must understand that he is not really dead, only waiting his time to come again.

His blessed descendant, Prince Arthur of England, was born in the year 1486, eldest son of Henry, the first Tudor king. This Arthur married Katharine the princess of Aragon, died at fifteen and was buried in Worcester Cathedral. If he were alive now, he would be King of England. His younger brother Henry would likely be Archbishop of Canterbury, and would not (at least, we devoutly hope not) be in pursuit of a woman of whom the cardinal hears nothing good: a woman to whom, several years before the dukes walk in to despoil him, he will need to turn his attention; whose history, before ruin seizes him, he will need to comprehend.

Beneath every history, another history.“
Wolf Hall

„He thinks, I remembered you, Thomas More, but you didn't remember me. You never even saw me coming.“ Wolf Hall


„Why are we so attached to the severities of the past? Why are we so proud of having endured our fathers and our mothers, the fireless days and the meatless days, the cold winters and the sharp tongues? It's not as if we had a choice.“ Wolf Hall

„Truth can break the gates down, truth can howl in the street; unless truth is pleasing, personable and easy to like, she is condemned to stay whimpering at the back door.“ Bring Up the Bodies

„But it is no use to justify yourself. It is no good to explain. It is weak to be anecdotal. It is wise to conceal the past even if there is nothing to conceal. A man's power is in the half-light, in the half-seen movements of his hand and the unguessed-at expression of his face. It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.“ Wolf Hall

„Those who are made can be unmade.“ Bring Up the Bodies

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