In her memoir, Giving Up the Ghost, mantel writes of her own childhood encounters with the paranormal.
mantel did live in Saudi Arabia with her husband for nearly a decade, and this piece was originally published as memoir.
mantel, unfortunately, repeats the “scheming Anne” portrayal in her own novels.
c.1200, "short, loose, sleeveless cloak," variant of mantle (q.v.). Sense of "movable shelter for soldiers besieging a fort" is from 1520s. Meaning "timber or stone supporting masonry above a fireplace" first recorded 1510s, a shortened form of Middle English mantiltre "mantletree" (late 15c.).