Royal Bodies

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Royal Bodies

"Royal Bodies" is a speech by Hilary Mantel, an award winning and bestselling English writer. Hilary Mantel, born in 1952, is particularly famous for her historical novels. On February 21 2013, at a book lecture at the British Museum, she held a speech, in which she commented on the British monarchy.

Hilary Mantel starts her speech by telling how she, last summer, was asked to name a famous person and choose a book to give them. She chose Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, "a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung". This is a good way to start the speech because Hilary Mantel has now introduced her real purpose with the speech: to discuss the effect of monarchy.

Hilary tells how she at a book trade event at
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In this quote she indicates that the royal family are like trapped caged animals that the public never really know, and that that is something perhaps to be regretted. The royal family is, according to Hilary, a thing that is expensive to conserve, but interesting to look at and that is also the only reason that they exist.

Today monarchy has become an attraction, which flashes every side of the royal family. Hilary Mantel believes that we are looking at royalties as if they were figures or dolls, who we can treat as we want to. We always have a comment to what they are wearing, if they look good or not, what they are doing right or wrong etc. We are allowing monarchy to treat its persons as entertainment objects.
"I'm not asking for censorship. I'm not asking for pious humbug and smarmy reverence. I'm asking us to back off not be brutes". In this quote Hilary says that we need to stand back, and this is clearly her goal with her speech. We need to allow the royalties to be humans as well.

Hilary Mantel's speech is tendentious and personal, because only one her own opinion is presented. Looked at the speech objectively it is weak because of the lack of proof, since she is only arguing with her own personal opinion.
In the speech there is an illustration of Paul Emsley's portrait of Kate Middleton. She describes it like this: "But in her first

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