Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel says schoolchildren should not be tested on ...

Wolf Hall author Hilary Mantel says schoolchildren should not be tested on Shakespeare because his plays are ‘deeply unsuitable as an exam subject for pupils’ Wolf Hall author believes Shakespeare plays are unsuitable as an exam subject  Thousands of teenagers are preparing for exams on Shakespeare this summer Dame Hilary Mantel is the author of the popular Tudor saga Wolf Hall

By Chris Hastings for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 23:20 BST, 20 April 2019 | Updated: 23:20 BST, 20 April 2019

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You’d imagine the author of the Tudor saga Wolf Hall would be delighted to know schoolchildren are studying Shakespeare.

But Dame Hilary Mantel believes his plays are ‘deeply unsuitable as an exam subject for pupils’.

The writer’s surprising opinion comes amid a furious debate as tens of thousands of teenagers prepare for GCSE and A-level papers on Shakespeare this summer.

Dame Hilary Mantel believes his plays are ‘deeply unsuitable as an exam subject for pupils’. She is the author of the Tudor saga Wolf Hall [File photo]

Dame Hilary Mantel believes his plays are ‘deeply unsuitable as an exam subject for pupils’. She is the author of the Tudor saga Wolf Hall [File photo]

Academic Sir Simon Schama believes children should be studying more Shakespeare, not less. 

‘There is a real danger you can be shockingly patronising to children,’ he

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