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Devon author Hilary Mantel attacks 'mannequin' Duchess of Cambridge

By WMN_SHarrison  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

Hilary Mantel. Picture by Guy Newman

Hilary Mantel. Picture by Guy Newman

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Devon author Hilary Mantel has launched a fierce attack on the Duchess of Cambridge, saying "her only point and purpose (is) to give birth."

The 60-year-old author, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and 2012, compared Kate to Anne Boleyn, Marie Antoinette and Princess Diana during the lecture entitled Undressing Anne Boleyn.

"It's rather that I saw Kate becoming a jointed doll on which certain rags are hung," said the Budleigh Salterton-based writer.

"In those days she was a shop-window mannequin, with no personality of her own, entirely defined by what she wore.

"These days she is a mother-to-be, and draped in another set of threadbare attributions ... her only point and purpose being to give birth."

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  • jtme1  |  February 19 2013, 11:49PM

    Hilary Mantel, I really think you need to get a grip, well I suppose its made you rich that's good for you as I herd you last job laid you off from your job Chief Bun Tester as you were getting to plump to get through the doors at your work?

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  • Asyouwouldbedoneby  |  February 19 2013, 5:24PM

    So all the Duchess is then is a baby making machine. Very expensive one at that!!

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  • SKoM_  |  February 19 2013, 4:54PM

    Sowester: So, you've never heard of a double Booker prize-winning author. I bet you can name the last 3 winners of X-factor

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  • SKoM_  |  February 19 2013, 4:50PM

    That's akin to crediting Michael Ryan with increasing gun control.

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  • pete13  |  February 19 2013, 4:26PM

    She was talking to a group of academics,being objective and putting the subject in its historical context......would Lady D have agreed ?

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  • Sowester  |  February 19 2013, 4:24PM

    I've heard of the Duchess but never of Ms Mantel. Is her opinion of significance? And was she asked for it?

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  • pete13  |  February 19 2013, 4:24PM

    She was talking to a group of academics ,being objective and the putting a subject in its historical context.......would Lady D have agreed with her ?

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  • merrythought  |  February 19 2013, 4:07PM

    Some people will do anything for a publicity stunt.

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  • DTP87  |  February 19 2013, 3:38PM

    SKom - Whether she meant to or not Marie Antoinette played a key role in the people of France revolting against the french government/aritocracy. And because of Anne Berlin, the King of England decided to ditch Catholocism in favour of the protestant church. Pretty big effect on the world I'd say.

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  • SKoM_  |  February 19 2013, 3:11PM

    Funnily enough, my first comment on our (probable) future queen/princess consort or whatever she ultimately becomes was "great, just what we need, another fashionista in the anachronism that is the royal family" DTP87 - Marie Antoinette - a massive effect on the world we live in? one of the world's most priviledged living in luxury playing at being a peasant, whilst many people struggled to survive (so no comparrison there then). The 3 women named have barely touched the world in real terms compared to the greats this world has seen - on every level including true compassion, intellect, invention, discovery.............

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