Posted on September 23, 2022 at 7:01 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It’s a rough morning for historical-fiction fans.

Hilary Mantel, the award-winning author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, died yesterday at age seventy.

She wrote seventeen books throughout a career widely considered as one of the greatest English-language ones of this century, according to the Guardian’s obituary for her.

Mantel won the Booker Prize twice — for Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies — and the final installation in her series on the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, The Mirror & The Light, was longlisted for the same prize.

The books also garnered several other literary prizes, and Mantel herself received multiple honorifics from the British literary and social worlds, being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and a Dame of the British Empire.

More coverage: NPR's tribute | The Guardian's editorial | Writers remember Mantel | A guide to her writing

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