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One dominant theme in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, first novel of a trilogy about the Tudor dynasty, concerns the dangers of rise in power, even the dangers of ambition.Mantel illustrates the dangers...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2015, 1:41 am (UTC)

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Hilary Mantel ends her novel of the devious dealings of the British royal court and powerful historical figures with Thomas Cromwell's visiting the home of Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to Queen...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2014, 2:44 am (UTC)

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Wolf Hall is the first installment in Hilary Mantel's trilogy about English statesman Thomas Cromwell. He became one of Henry VIII's chief ministers and served the king until, like many of the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 5:20 am (UTC)

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The Duke of Norfolk in this book is called Thomas Howard, and he, significantly is Anne Boleyn's uncle. He is therefore part of the faction that tries to get Henry VIII to divorce Katherine of...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2013, 6:30 am (UTC)

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This criticism of the book is perhaps understandable. It is difficult at times to keep track of precisely who "he" is referring to, particularly in some passages. However, it is important to...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013, 5:38 am (UTC)

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Wolf Hall is Hilary Mantel's novel about Thomas Cromwell, who advised King Henry VIII. It is the first of a trilogy, followed by Bring Up the Bodies and the third, as yet unpublished, The Mirror...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016, 1:29 am (UTC)

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When Norfolk refers to Cromwell as a "person," he is being sarcastic. The nobleman is actually emphasizing his opinion that Cromwell is a "nobody" who lacks status. He is merely a person, not any...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019, 5:17 pm (UTC)

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Cromwell’s character development is quite subtle throughout Wolf Hall; he seems a fully mature and wise counselor from the very start of the novel. He feels mercy for the disgraced Katherine of...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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Overtly, the world of the Tudors set in 16th century England and the world of today are two different universes. This is made obvious through the references to clothing, food, fear of disease,...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2013, 7:35 am (UTC)

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On first reading, this event that occurs at the very end of the chapter seems a rather strange act. Cromwell chooses to drop the one item that connects him to his older sister, Kat. Note how this...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2013, 7:59 am (UTC)

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Wolf Hall is told from Cromwell’s point of view and thus there are many moments where the reader views him much more sympathetically than has history. One touching scene which is perhaps not in...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016, 3:03 am (UTC)

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Wolf Hall follows Thomas Cromwell and his growing power as adviser to Henry VIII. Cromwell is alone in the world, having lost his wife and family, and is consumed with his quest to rise in Henry's...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020, 8:53 pm (UTC)

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The role of Thomas Cromwell in this breathtaking novel moves from being lawyer and aide to Cardinal Wolsey to becoming a minister in the court of Henry VIII and acting as a trusted confidant of the...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013, 7:58 am (UTC)

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The divergence in the views between Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell is emphasised through their different beliefs and opinions towards Henry's divorce of Katherine of Aragon and his marriage of...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013, 8:19 am (UTC)

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Thomas Cromwell was a famed lawyer and advisor to King Henry VIII. He is known for being instrumental and a driving force in bringing about the English Reformation. In Wolf Hall, a fictionalized...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2019, 8:23 pm (UTC)

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In Wolf Hall, Mantel alters our portrait of the saintly Thomas More into something more sinister. More, in her portrayal, is willing to die rather than break away from the Roman Catholic Church....

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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What is fascinating about this novel is the way that Mantel lays open the workings of a court and how power is gained and how decisions are made. What is particularly intriguing is the gap between...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2013, 6:36 am (UTC)

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Mantel depicts Thomas Cromwell growing up with an abusive blacksmith father in a household with no wealth or family connections. When he decides to run away from home as a teenager, Cromwell heads...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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