Series: Thomas Cromwell Book 1
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 604 pages
Audiobook Length: 24 hours and 14 minutes
First Published: 2009
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. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and 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?
Quotes from Wolf Hall
It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.
Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.
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.
I was always desired. But now I am valued. And that is a different thing, I find.
TV Trailer for Wolf Hall (2015)
About Hilary Mantel
Hilary Mantel is an English author of fourteen books. She won the Man Booker Prize for both of her books in the Thomas Cromwell Series, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The third book in the trilogy, The Mirror & the Light, was published in 2020. Visit the author’s website →