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bookwoman_cat said:
**** stars. Wow! This is an amazing retelling of the saga of Henry VIII and his efforts to marry Anne Boleyn. Told from the point of view of Oliver Cromwell who becomes the second most powerful man in England because he has the ear of the king and enables his marriage. In his fight against Henry and the heretics of the new Protestant faiths, Thomas More does not come off a quite the hero that he has been portrayed in previous depictions. The dialogue and descriptions of the period are so adept, that you sometimes wonder if Ms. Mantel is the reincarnation of a person who was actually a "fly on the wall" during all the conversations. Highly recommend
posted Mar 11, 2013 at 7:32PM
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Wolf Hall is a fictionalized biography documenting the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of Henry VIII through to the death of Sir Thomas More. Born to a working-class family, Cromwell rose to become the right-hand man of Cardinal Wolsey and eventually the powerful adviser to the King. He oversaw Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and subsequent marriage to Anne Boleyn, the English church's break with Rome and the dissolution of the monasteries. Mantel's novel offers an alternative to that characterization of Cromwell as well as that of Thomas More. Cromwell is presented as a pragmatic and talented man who cares deeply for his “family”, whereas, More is presented as an arrogant hypocritical religious fanatic. The novel ends with the execution of Thomas More, bringing Cromwell to the height of his power and influence. The first part of the book was a bit slow, and it was difficult to keep all the characters straight, but in the end I found it a fascinating look at a chaotic time in history. A 4 out of 5 stars.
posted Aug 26, 2013 at 10:28AM
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One of Henry VIII's closest advisers; fled his father's home; fought for the French; studied law; fluent in French, Latin, and Italian.
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