Is the British royal family destined for the mantel(piece) of history?
According to Hilary Mantel, the answer is yes. In fact, it could be gone in two generations, says the novelist
The British royals, who trace their history back more than 1,000 years, could be gone within two generations, writer Hilary Mantel said in a weekend interview.
The monarchy traces its history back at least to William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066, but also claims ties to the patchwork of kingdoms and principalities which stretched across what became England, Scotland and Wales long before that date.
Mantel, best known for her Wolf Hall trilogy that traced the rise of blacksmith’s son Thomas Cromwell to Henry VIII’s chief minister, then his downfall and execution, said she admired the devotion of Queen Elizabeth, 95, and heir Charles, Prince of Wales...