In the ruthless arena of King Henry VI's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political power
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VI wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum.
Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people and a demon of energy: he is also a consummate politician, hardened by his personal losses, implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, the novel re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death.
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in 2009 Wolf Hall won the Man Booker Prize in category .
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Best Written Historical Fiction Out There
Nicole M , May 19, 2022
Think you could never sympathize with the likes of Thomas Cromwell? That's how brilliant Mantel is in this re-visioning of his life and work. Though often demonized in most accounts of British history, Mantel takes a more holisitic approach to Cromwell and I often found myself routing for him. Even if you don't have much interest in British history, you'll find this well-imagined and thoughtfully written novel captivating!
Recommended to buy: Yes