Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

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“The fate of people is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of the cardinals….this is how the world changes.”

Sixteenth century.

Twenty years after their marriage, the Royal Couple have failed to produce a male heir. King Henry VIII is anxiously looking for a way to divorce the Queen and has already set eyes on young Anne Boleyn. The Pope has refused to grant a divorce, and the King needs a clever man he can trust to find a solution to this turmoil. Will Thomas Cromwell be the man Henry has been searching for? How can this low born son of a blacksmith rise up to become the right hand of the King of England?

I have finished Wolf Hall for some time now. I was -and still am- so scared of putting a review of it together. It’ s not that I haven’t formed an opinion -far from it. But how do you write about a book that is such a masterpiece in so many ways?

Winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, Wolf Hall is the book you’ll want to read, especially if you’re a fan of historical fiction.

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The Tudor Era has never been portrayed so perfectly before.

Hilary Mantel proves to be an expert on the subject, historically accurate in a surprising depth.

This is not the first time this part of English history has been turned into a novel. However, it presents a really refreshing and different angle. We follow the life of Thomas Cromwell, the man who climbed so far up the Royal Court hierarchy as to become Master Secretary, from the time he left home as a boy, to the reign of Queen Anne Boleyn.

While Cromwell has been portrayed as a witty – even sly man, it is actually the first time we see him as a human being. We follow along a life full of pain, tragedies, happy moments, and a struggle to succeed.

This is the actual, real life Game of Thrones. This is how the world worked, and probably still does, with very little change. This is how the fates of people are created. As Cromwell himself says, this is how fates of people are created. This is the book to read.