Wolf Hall in Somerset

Montacute House - ( photo http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house/)
Montacute House – ( photo http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house/)

The much-anticipated BBC drama “Wolf Hall” starts this evening, an adaptation from the novels by Hilary Mantel.  Much has been made of the locations used during the summer-long filming, and Somerset features quite heavily (hooray!).  The National Trust seems to have thrown open the doors to many of its properties, including Montacute House on the way to Yeovil, and Barrington Court, near Ilminster.

But, in addition to the breathtaking houses used in the series, they also used some of the less well known parts of the county, such as the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, specifically a section near the Bridgwater YMCA, for a scene where Anne Boleyn is taken to the Tower of London.

Of course, this has nothing to do with Linguistics!  I doubt they will use the dialects that were around at the time, being, as they would, perhaps less comprehensible than Shakespeare (writing some 40-odd years later).  From my view, this is a shame, but then it might hinder the storyline somewhat.


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