|Michael Hirst & Henry VIII
Michael was thoughtful and honest in our talk, and passionate about turning history into visual stories. I felt as if I were talking to a fellow historical novelist:
Nancy Bilyeau: I can’t give it away here because it’s a spoiler, but something happens in Episode Four to Athelstan that is truly horrifying. Is that taken from history too?
Michael Hirst: It’s based on something that happened to a monk, yes. I feel better writing about it that I haven’t made it up. That’s the way I work. I don’t think I could write a totally original screenplay. In fact, I’m not interested in writing one. I like it to be rooted in reality.
To read my review for DuJour magazine, go to: http://medievalnews.blogspot.com/2014/02/interview-with-michael-hirst-creator-of.html