Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantel

19 Apr

Started – 30/3/13

Finished – 19/4/13

Format – Hardback Book

Challenges – World Book Night 2012 Longlist

Synopsis –  ‘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.

My Thoughts – This book was picked for the April reading circle choice and its also a book that I have wanted to read for quite a while.

This book tells the story of Thomas Cromwell and his relationship to King Henry VIII, his divorce from Katherine and his next marriage to Anne. Now when i first picked this book up i was a little put off by its size. My copy was around 650 pages and hardback so at first sight it was quite a book to read.

I did have a problem remembering who was who as there is a lot of characters in the book and i did have to keep on refering back to the list of characters at the front of the book.

However i did enjoy the story of the book and got really into it. I thought it was a good representation of the time period explaining the plague and how many people died during that time. I also thought that Anne was represented quite harshly and made out to be quite nasty and I’m not too sure if she was actually like that.

I would like to read the second book in the series at some point. I’m not going to rush out and buy it but its a book i would like to read some day.

Rating – 3/5

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