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Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1) - Hilary Mantel, Simon Slater
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
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In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland 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... show more
In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII’s court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king’s favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland 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 VIII 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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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9781427210166 (1427210160)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Edition language: English
Series: Thomas Cromwell Trilogy (#1)
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This, that, and the other rated it
4.0 Wolf Hall
You pick your prince, and you know what he isAlthough the Man Booker Prize lists have long been a reliable source for new reading material, 2009 winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel never really appealed to me. I rarely read historical fiction, assuming it will either be stuffy and stilted and old-fash...
This, that, and the other
This, that, and the other rated it
4.0 Wolf Hall
You pick your prince, and you know what he isAlthough the Man Booker Prize lists have long been a reliable source for new reading material, 2009 winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel never really appealed to me. I rarely read historical fiction, assuming it will either be stuffy and stilted and old-fash...
paigeawesome
paigeawesome rated it
0.0 Wolf Hall
I made it just over 100 pages in and I'm calling it. I didn't come to this book knowing anything about the players in it and it seems like there are just so many of them. Mantel drops us in without much explaining, which probably allows her to do some really cool things with her story, but it left m...
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5.0 Wolf Hall (audio) by Hilary Mantel
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Wolf Hall on audio. I am more convinced than ever that this book is more deserving of 5 stars than most that receive a top rating. This was a re-read for me, and my original review can be found here.When I began listening, I wondered if I would become confused by Ma...
christinaochs
christinaochs rated it
5.0 Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Loved it! I'm starting the sequel today.
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