America’s Catholic bishops attack ‘prejudice-laden’ Wolf Hall

A Washington Post reviewer warned the distortion of historical facts in Wolf Hall pointed to ‘ideological bias’

Catholic bishops in America have denounced Wolf Hall as a ‘prejudice-laden presentation of the past’ as the acclaimed BBC drama was broadcast in the U.S. for the first time.

The review attacked the six-part series as ‘a work of fiction that adopts a narrow, revisionist and anti-Catholic point of view toward the religious turmoil of the Tudor period in which it’s set’.

The latest remarks echo criticisms voiced by clergy in the UK, who tore into the series for its ‘perverse’ depictions of the historical characters when it first aired.

Probably right. I have not read the book. It was written Hilary Mantel, of “The Assassination of Mrs Thatcher” fame. It is not she is extremist Protestant: she likely dislikes all religious types on principle.

  • I like how they gloss over Saint Thomas More.

  • andycanuck

    I watched the first episode last night and while it’s one thing to have a series written from the point of view of the main protagonist who you want to portray as a good guy and (according to Wiki!) there are several pro-Cromwell revisionists around now, having an outstanding scholar like More not having a comeback to an insult from Cromwell when I came up with one immediately that fit the period (and I’m no 120 IQ scholar), bothered me immensely. It reminded me of lib-leftist TV shows where the stereotypical conservative/Christian never has a comeback or explanation to any zinger the liberal hero makes.

    As a brief aside, I also note that they are having a thin guy play Cromwell when he was a bit on the chubby side. I guess heroes can’t be overweight even in revisionist TV land. I am looking forward to Damian Lewis’s Henry VIII if I can stomach the dialogue getting to his scenes.

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  • Jabberwokk

    I’m not a fan of ists, isms, or ics. Just the truth thanks.