Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

A Novel

Book - 2009 | 1st U.S. ed.
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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 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 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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780805080681
Branch Call Number: FIC MANTEL
Characteristics: xvii, 532 p. : geneal. tables ; 25 cm.


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Apr 05, 2017

Fun read. I am not sure I wouldn't like a good history book about the same era just as much, maybe more?

Feb 09, 2017

Easy to read, continully enthralling. A guise of history in soap opera form. Too many names to remember.

Bunny_Watson716 Dec 12, 2016

For fans of dense historical fiction who enjoy novels set in Tudor England. This is a book you can sink your teeth into and you won't be disappointed with Mantel's richly detailed writing style.

Jan 17, 2016

too many characters with too many names and too much going on for me to keep track of it all very easily. at times I thought it was a great book and at other times it was so boring that I had to put it down and read another book. I borrowed the dvd and will see if that is any better.

Middle Town
Aug 17, 2015

Not the most well-written, but but a fresh take on the events surrounding Henry VIII

Aug 05, 2015

Set during the reign of Henry VIII, Wolf Hall is the story of Thomas Cromwell's rise in station and fortune. A learned man, Cromwell is privy to much of Henry's business (the country's as well as the king's personal affairs) as he works his way to the upper echelons of state and earns his place in history. If you enjoy historical fiction, add this title to your " Wanna Read" list.

Jul 10, 2015

March 10 - Vera-Marie

Jun 30, 2015

Brilliant! I can't wait to read Bring up the Bodies and The Mirror and the Light!

Jun 20, 2015

I did not like this book at all, and I read a lot of historical- or historically based books. The present tense bothered me. The plethora of characters , each one having several names, forcing me to constantly go back to the list of characters to find out who was who, the constant "he said" making you divine that it was Cromwell, the little side stories meant to give a "couleur locale", all turned me off.

Jun 09, 2015

So many books have been written about the Tudors that it is difficult to imagine a new work on the subject, but Mantell has done just that. Her research is extensive and her imagined dialogue is fitting. I waded my way through the book, but prefer Philippa Gregory's historical writing.

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Jan 30, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Jul 05, 2013

pagetraveler thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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Nov 25, 2013

Very well written.
But for someone who gets to read just 30 or so minutes at bedtime, it was too long - nearly 700 pages!

Jul 05, 2013

Based on English history and the time of the Tudors. Takes the point of view of Thomas Cromwell to tell the story of Henry the VIII and his 1st and 2nd wives and his relationship with the church.


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Jul 17, 2012

You learn nothing about men by snubbing them and crushing their pride. You must ask them what it is they can do in this world, that they alone can do.

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