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The Mirror and the Light

RGSW features in new Mantel novel
27 Mar 2020
School News

Walter Jones, RGSW Headmaster (1993-2005) has been in touch to share a fascinating literary reference in Hilary Mantel’s long awaited tome, The Mirror and the Light. On page 343, Henry VIII references Sir Reginald Bray (1440-1503) and his schooling, “Did you know Reginald Bray? Bray came from nothing. Worcester grammar school, if I recall. But he was a wise and expert man in my father’s cause.”
 
The King is drawing comparisons between the work our former pupil conducted in favour of Henry Tudor and the role that Thomas Cromwell is fulfilling for Henry’s son the current king. Walter informs us that the only other school to be mentioned in the book up to this point, alongside Worcester’s ancient school, is a place across the river from Windsor called Eton.

House points to be awarded for any other literary references to the School, any of its alumni and/or its buildings that alumni can share.
 

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