What is the theme of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall?

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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 of rising in power and of ambition as she takes the reader through all of the stunts Cromwell performed to remain in good terms with King Henry VIII and ensure the king got what he wanted. Along the way to securing Henry's divorce from Queen Katherine of Aragon, Cromwell separated England from the Roman church; passed legislation forcing all of England's bishops to swear allegiance to the king, not to the pope; had Catholic monasteries closed; and was responsible...

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