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Six Wolf Hall insults for everyday life

Sophie Maden

BBC TV blog

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The series is nearly ending and we have loved Wolf Hall for many things – not least the entertaining script with its insults that just seem to carry over the centuries. Some quips were just too rude for the BBC website, so these are the ones we a) laughed at and b) can publish.

1. Thomas Cromwell gives Cardinal Wolsey his appraisal of the majestic city of York:

2. Mary Boleyn on the formidable force that is her sister, Anne:

3. Sir Thomas More’s wife, Lady Alice pays Cromwell the most backhanded of compliments:

4. Katherine of Aragon is nearing her grave, but that won't stop Anne Boleyn hating on her:

5. We didn't laugh when Henry's almighty fury rained down on Cromwell - we quaked:

6. The Queen of insults (and England), Anne Boleyn sizes up Jane Seymour:

Sophie Maden is a researcher on the BBC TV blog.

Wolf Hall concludes on Wednesday 25 February at 9pm on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. Each episode will be available in BBC iPlayer for 30 days after broadcast.

Wolf Hall: The Inside Story is on after the finale at 10pm on BBC Four and BBC Four HD.

More on Wolf Hall:

BBC TV blog: 15 fascinating insights straight from the director's mouth
The Express: My wife said the books were good, so I said yes
The Independent: Claire Foy on politics in the Tudor court 


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