Wolf Hall

'Wolf Hall' Episode 2: 'Entirely Beloved' Recap

Last time on Wolf Hall Our board was set up for the Great Game to play out. We met our major players: Cromwell, whose life up until this point was played out in quick flashbacks. Also taking their places: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Thomas More, Mary Boleyn, Cardinal Woolsey, Norfolk and all the rest.

This week, the power players begin to make their moves.

Who Would You Be in the World of ‘Wolf Hall’? Take Our Tudor Personality Quiz

Are you obsessed with Tudor drama Wolf Hall?

Spoiler alert: I am. Mark Rylance is a wonder and somehow even though the story of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell isn’t exactly what you’d call new the way the drama is structured makes it feel fresh. And, let’s be honest, what really draws people to this story – think about how many versions of the six wives of Henry VII you’ve heard or seen before – is that the characters in it are just really compelling. The fact that they were all actual people is just the icing on the cake.

And, whether you’ve always harbored a secret desire to be Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell or King Henry himself – well, we’re here for you. Check out our brand new personality quiz based on the real life cast of Wolf Hall, and see where you belong at Tudor Court.

‘Wolf Hall’: Get Acquainted with the Court of Henry VIII

Most of us probably know the basic facts about King Henry VIII – his multiple marriages; his break from the Catholic Church to form the Church of England in order to enable said marriages; his quest for a male heir; and the unfortunate circumstances that befell most of his spouses who couldn’t provide him with one.

However, if you want to dig deeper into this time in Tudor history (and be entertained at the same time) you will probably want to watch Wolf Hall which will premiere on PBS’ Masterpiece beginning this Sunday. This six part series is based on two of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning historical fiction novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. Both books are said to be painstakingly researched though no one can know exactly what transpired behind closed doors almost 500 years ago.

I must admit that I attempted to read Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall…twice. I knew I was in trouble when I saw a six page list of characters following the table of contents. The intimidation factor may have finished me before I even began. I soldiered on for a while, but found it was difficult to keep the various Thomas’ separate and the Dukes of This or That straight in my mind.

Therefore, before you settle in to watch the first episode of Wolf Hall on April 5th at 10 pm ET (check your local listings) I thought it might be helpful to have a guide to some of the series major characters.

Watch: The Extended PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’

We’re a little over a month away from the US premiere of the highly anticipated Tudor-era series Wolf Hall and PBS has released a new, extended trailer with a ton of heretofore unseen footage from the period drama.

Based on the Booker Prize-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall tells the story of Thomas Cromwell, a blacksmith’s son who rose to greatness in the court of Henry VIII, ultimately becoming one of the most powerful and influential men in England. Cromwell, among many other things, was one of the primary architects behind the Protestant Reformation in England and helped engineer the dissolution of King Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he might wed his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance plays Cromwell, Homeland’s Damian Lewis plays Henry VIII and Claire Foy plays Anne Boleyn. They’re joined by a rather fantastic array of British talent, including Jonathan Pryce, Jessica Raine, Mark Gatiss, Joanne Whatley and more.

Watch the First PBS Trailer for ‘Wolf Hall’ Coming In April

The highly anticipated television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies) is set to air on Masterpiece this April and PBS has released its first teaser trailer for the Tudor-era drama.

The six-part series follows the meteoric rise of Thomas Cromwell, a lowly blacksmith’s son who eventually became one of the most powerful men in England as chief advisor to King Henry VIII. Cromwell was one of the primary architects of the English Reformation and helped to engineer the dissolution of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon so that he could marry his mistress Anne Boleyn.

Tony and Olivier Award-winning actor Mark Rylance stars as Cromwell, along with Homeland’s Damian Lewis, Upstairs Downstairs’ Claire Foy, Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss, Jonathan Pryce and more. (Yeah, the cast for this is pretty amazing, right?)

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