Hilary Mantel, author of the

 'Wolf Hall' Tudor saga, dies at 70

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 "Wolf Hall" trilogy of historical novels, has died, her publisher said Friday. She was 70.

Mantel died "suddenly yet peacefully" on Thursday while surrounded by close family and friends, publisher HarperCollins said.

Mantel is credited with reenergizing historical fiction with Wolf Hall and two sequels about the 16th-century English powerbroker Thomas Cromwell, right-hand man to King Henry VIII.

The publisher said Mantel was "one of the greatest English novelists of this century."

"Her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed," it said in a statement.

Mantel won the prestigious Booker Prize twice, for Wolf Hall in 2009 and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies in 2012. Both were adapted for the stage and television.

The trilogy's final installment, The Mirror and the Light, was published in 2020.

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