'Speaking of long historical novels, there’s one which gives a completely contrasting view of the Reformation. It’s The Man on a Donkey by H F M Prescott, about that doomed rebellion the Pilgrimage of Grace. It centred on York and interestingly Mantel has Cromwell regard Yorkshire as a place of savagery. I won’t actually recommend the book as I read it when I was at school and don’t know what I’d make of it now.'
Now it's being hailed as a forgotten historical masterpiece and is 99p today (and it's a long book).