Media playback is unsupported on your device

'Someone who might knife you' - Mantel on Cromwell

9 March 2014 Last updated at 12:15 GMT

Hilary Mantel, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, said Henry VIII's henchman Thomas Cromwell, played by Ben Miles in the stage versions of both her novels, is "someone who would knife you".

Mantel said bringing a sense of danger and unpredictability to Cromwell's character in the adaptations of her novels, which are coming to London's West End in May, was essential.

Speaking to Andrew Marr, she added the stripped-down, contemporary language of the characters is not as important as that they "think Tudor thoughts".

You can watch The Andrew Marr Show in full on the BBC iPlayer.

Most watched

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.