Oh no! This is such sad news - I love the Wolf Hall series and devoured them. I studied Medieval/Early Modern (the technical term for the period following the Medieval) History in college, and am fascinated with this period to this day.

In addition to great books, Hilary Mantel wrote what I consider to be very important articles about the treatment of women throughout history, how our bodies and interests have been commodified and denigrated. Her article archive on the women of the British royal family caused quite a bit of controversy when it came out.

She also suffered all her life from endometriosis and wrote about that in a moving and powerful way.

And, apparently according to the testerical community of Preddit, she was one of our own! She defended JK Rowling too!