The 62-year-old Wolf Hall author was honored during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Her trilogy of novels about the life of Henry VIII’s adviser Thomas Cromwell has been widely critically acclaimed. She won the Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012. Mantel’s damehood was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year.
A six-part dramatic adaptation of “Wolf Hall” and its sequel “Bring Up the Bodies” is currently being shown on BBC Two. The novels chronicle the rise of Cromwell, the son of a blacksmith who became King Henry VIII’s chief minister as he navigated the corridors of power in the Tudor court.
Mantel, who was born in Glossop in Derbyshire, said her decision to be a writer was inspired by the end of her parents’ marriage and personal illness. Mantel, who studied law before becoming a social worker, was appointed CBE in 2006 and has won a string of literary honors.
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