Royal Bodies

Hilary Mantel:

It is sad to think that intelligent people could devote themselves to this topic with earnest furrowings of the brow, but that’s what discourse about royals comes to: a compulsion to comment, a discourse empty of content, mouthed rather than spoken.

I’ve railed against the monarchy (the idea of one, really – not just the English variety) since I was a wee college freshman, and I haven’t stopped since.

Don’t skip the recorded speech. This is excellent.