At a lecture last week titled, 'Royal Bodies' Hilary Mantel criticised Kate Middleton. Quoting from an article in The Daily Telegraph:
'Mantel believed Kate Middleton to be “a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung. In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.”
Prince William’s wife-to-be was as “painfully thin as anyone could wish, without quirks, without oddities, without the risk of the emergence of character. She appears precision-made, machine-made...'
Ms. Mantel says that Ms Middleton was designed by a committee. From what I can gather, Ms. Mantel was comparing Kate Middleton to Anne Boleyn.
Anne Boleyn has always been cast as the wicked seducer, where as from my reading and understanding, Anne Boleyn was highly intelligent who had a great influence over Henry VIII beliefs and politics. I need to read the lecture which will appear in the next issue of Literary Review.
An excellent book about Anne Boleyn is 'The Lady in the Tower' by Alison Weir.
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