Sunday, 16 May 2010
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
I was surprised. When I first picked up the book I had braced myself for something I thought would be dry and maybe even tedious. I quickly found that I was wrong. My previous exposure to King Henry VIII was a high school study of A Man for All Seasons: A Play in Two Acts by Robert Bolt. The play was written from the perspective of Thomas More, a man who died for his convictions rather than agree to uphold the King's annulment from Katherine. I was attending a Catholic school at that time and surrounded by nuns, so of course I learned that Thomas More was correct and that we should pray from him and his decision.
I also learned that Thomas Cromwell was a bad man and that his beliefs were corrupt. His protrayal in this book was nothing of the sort. He appeared to me a man who had no choice but to make a life for himself and for those who had become dependent on him. A roll he filled extremely well. I hated to put the book down and I had to, I couldn't wait to get back to it.
Deanna, at My Tragic Right Hip is also reading the six books and posting her comments.
Thanks to HarperCollins for sending me this review copy.