Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has... show more
Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2009 'Lock Cromwell in a deep dungeon in the morning,' says Thomas More, 'and when you come back that night he'll be sitting on a plush cushion eating larks' tongues, and all the gaolers will owe him money.' England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, 'Wolf Hall' is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion, suffering and courage.
Publish date: January 1st 2010
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Pages no: 650
Edition language: English
Series: Thomas Cromwell Trilogy (#1)
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...
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...
Loved it! I'm starting the sequel today.
I've had this book a really long time. A couple of years at least. A co worker recommended it. Thanks Michael even though you'll most likely never see this review. What spurred me into finally tackling this monster of a book was of course the PBS mini series. I ended up finishing it in 6 days. I rea...
I hate it when I have to say goodbye. Last night I finished Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies, sequel to Wolf Hall. I became so enthralled with these books that towards the end I started to read slowly. As a Catholic by background, I have been interested in the Reformation for years. I alway...