Sunday Short Takes

* The Missing Tudors: black people in 16th-century EnglandThey were baptised and buried in parishes across the country, and even attended queens at court. So why, asks Onyeka, do we continue to airbrush black Africans out of Tudor England?

* Work starts on ‘exceptional’ Beauchamp Chapel in WarwickWork is set to start on the restoration of a 15th Century chapel, described by English Heritage as being “of exceptional interest”.

* Cardinal backs campaign to buy £5m Tudor-era mansionA heritage group hopes to raise almost £5 million to buy Sawston Hall, one of the most historic Catholic buildings in England.

* Damian Lewis Set to Star as Henry VIII in ‘Wolf Hall’ – I don’t like to post too much about casting rumors after seeing several fall through, but I have to admit that I’m kind of excited about this one (note to self: finish catching up on Homeland…)

And finally…

Thanks for Roland for reminding me about this film on Mary Queen of Scots by Swiss director Thomas Imbach that has been mostly shown at film festivals so far, but I think is aiming for a wider release. Has anyone managed to see it yet? Here’s the trailer:


Sunday Short Takes — 3 Comments

  1. The dramatization of “Wolf Hall” is something I’m really looking forward to seeing. I have tried so hard, and so often, to read the novels, but just can’t get past the first few pages. The writing style is hard for me to comprehend…and I am a voracious reader! Seeing Ms Mantel’s novels played-out on screen will definitely help when it comes time to me trying the words again.

    Any idea when the project will be completed? Nice that it will be shown in the U.S. on PBS…but usually that is MONTHS after something is shown on BBC.

  2. If they’re still finalizing the casting, I’m assuming it will still be a while before we see it. But I’ll keep tabs on it and update as more news comes along!

    And I “read” both “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” via audiobook, which I think they were particularly well-suited for, for what it’s worth. (Honestly, that’s the way I read most fiction these days!)

  3. Anyone know when the final book is coming out? I loved “Wolf Hall” but I am holding off reading the second until I can go all the way through. I hate stopping and having to remember everything in a series like this.

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