Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1)

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1)

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, astu England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed b...

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Title:Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1)
Author:Hilary Mantel
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Wolf Hall
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:653 pages pages

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #1) Reviews

  • karen
    Mar 22, 2010
    hilary mantel is such a tease. she calls her book wolf hall because she knows i have a crush on jane seymour, and then she just blah blah blahs about thomas cromwell for 500 pages, feeding me only tiny bites of jane. sigh. me and hil have always had a rocky history.i have read four of ...
  • Simon
    Apr 15, 2011
    Like many others, I thought this book was utterly brilliant. The pleasure of reading it was palpable, a tingling in my fingers. That kind of pleasure put me in mind of another book that provoked it, Yehoshua?s A Journey to the End of the Millenium, but I thought to myself, those book...
  • Steve
    Jun 18, 2015
    15 January, 2008 Dear Ms. Mantel: Thank you for submitting your manuscript entitled Wolf Hall. After careful consideration, we have chosen not to publish your work in its current form. However, we believe that with certain modifications, our mutual interests may be well-served. T...
  • Diane
    Nov 29, 2011
    I am a reader who thinks British history is fascinating, and I've long had a soft spot for the Tudors. That wacky King Henry VIII and his six wives! And that wacky Protestant Reformation that changed the world! What an amazing time! Sure, this period has been much-written about, but...
  • Paul Bryant
    Jun 04, 2012
    For the first 100 pages I was like a Monkees song, you know the one - [Cue cute organ/guitar intro] I thought great historical novels about the 16th century were only true in fairy tales Meant for someone else but not for me Mmm, historical novelists were out to get me That's ...
  • Teresa
    Feb 02, 2010
    The thing to remember when starting this book is that 99% percent of the time the pronoun 'he' refers to Cromwell, even at times when the sentence structure makes it seems like 'he' would be someone else. It took me a short while to realize this, but once I did, I was fine. You are in ...
  • Lisa
    Feb 23, 2010
    This book has inspired me to create a new bookshelf - one for unfinished books. I've been hearing a lot about this book. It's reaping praise, doing well on bookseller lists, and even won the 2009 Man Booker Prize. When I was at the library the other day, I saw this at the Book Stop and...
  • Annet
    May 16, 2015
    ?Henry stirs into life. ?Do I retain you for what is easy? Jesus pity my simplicity. I have promoted you to a place in this kingdom that no one, no one of your breeding has ever held in the whole of the history of this realm.? He drops his voice. ?Do you think it is for your pe...
  • Matt
    Mar 09, 2013
    Frankly, most of what I know about the Tudors comes from watching Showtime?s The Tudors via my Amazon Prime account. So far, what I?ve learned from the Tudors by watching The Tudors is this: Boobs!! That said, it is very well likely that the problem with Hillary Mantel?s Wolf ...
  • Wendy
    Jan 22, 2011
    Have you ever been with a group of people when someone tells a joke and the rest of the group thinks it's hilarious but you just don't get it? Wolf Hall was that way for me. So many people think it's brilliant while I couldn't maintain enough interest to finish it. I love historical...
  • Jennifer (aka EM)
    Aug 04, 2012
    First off, I find the whole notion of the monarchy - any monarchy - absurd. And also, despite being a citizen of a Commonwealth nation with Her Royal Majesty's mug plastered all over my bills and coins, the Union Jack incorporated into my provincial flag, and a mom who dragged me out o...
  • Will Byrnes
    Mar 18, 2015
    The fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes: a counter pushed across a table, a pen stroke that alters the force of a phrase, a woman?s sigh as she passes a...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Dec 01, 2011
    I treat this novel as a qualified failure of an experiment (qualified since I am open to the possibility that the failure was mine) and I sincerely wish that Mantel does not win the Booker this year - I just cannot bring myself to spend anymore time with her lifeless narrator. Mor...
  • ·Karen·
    Jun 10, 2012
    First off I'd like to say without the least reservation that Ms Mantel thoroughly deserves all the accolades she has garnered for this novel - and there have been some. She herself describes the process of writing it in terms of a sustained hallucination, as if she were in a film, occu...
  • Emily
    Dec 07, 2009
    Wolf Hall is the kind of book that gets better the more you think about it. Its protagonist is Thomas Cromwell: a villain in A Man for All Seasons but here a man with a family, a career, and a sharp way of thinking. He doesn't want to be a saint; he wants to apply his shrewdness and ha...
  • Lewis Weinstein
    Jan 07, 2012
    I just started Wolf Hall, and I find the relentless use of "he" to be extremely irritating. In the first several chapters, there are dozens of instances where it is not clear who is speaking. Every once in a while, as if recognizing the problem she has created, Mantel uses the phrase "...
  • Emily  O
    Dec 14, 2010
    Do you ever wonder about why people choose to read the books they do? Well, I can tell you, I read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel because it won the Book Prize For Fiction in 2009. You see, The Children's Book by A.S. Byatt was nominated for the Booker in 2009, but did not win. Curious to ...
  • Mark
    Dec 31, 2011
    Putting this book onto my history shelf stuck rather in my throat. It is a brilliant story, wonderfully descriptive and emotive. It creates a great panoply of historical figures but falls far short of actually being just to them. By that i mean Mantel quite clearly sets out to unwrite ...
  • A.J. Howard
    Feb 15, 2010
    One of the most interesting things about history is thinking about perspective. Very few people lived their lives with an intention of being known as a villain of history. Yet I think all of us fall into the trap of thinking of the past in moralistic terms sometimes. This is a function...
  • Tea Jovanović
    May 10, 2013
    My eighth Booker award winner picked up in a row... much before it was even longlisted... :))) It became scary at one moment :) The journalists were calling me to give them the name of the winner :) After this one until its sequel I luckily broke that spell and made wrong predictions.....
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Jun 23, 2014
    ?Suppose within each book there is another book, and within every letter on every page another volume constantly unfolding; but these volumes take no space on the desk. Suppose knowledge could be reduced to a quintessence, held within a picture, a sign, held within a place which is n...
  •  ~Geektastic~
    Jun 02, 2011
    I have always been fascinated by the history of England under the Tudors, particularly Henry VIII. I chalk this up partly to a morbid fascination, and partly to a genuine desire to understand the circumstances leading up to the Golden Age of Elizabeth I. (Her family?s Whig hatred of ...
  • Kaylene
    May 19, 2012
    Unfortunately I gave up on this book at page 84. I'm really disappointed that I was unable to get into this book as so many have raved about it. I just found the prose exceptionally dense and confusing. At times I was confused as to who was 'speaking' and couldn't follow it. Oh well...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    Apr 23, 2017
    Wolf Hall is a historical fiction reader's feast. Henry the VIII's story, though it has been told, is re-examined through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, one of his counselors. Who knew that a professional paper-pusher and merchant could be so fascinating? Cromwell's history made it un...
  • Ana
    Jan 21, 2016
    BR with Hayat 2.5 Stars These Tudor memes are amazing. They're worthy of losing your head over. Dear oh dear where do I begin... I've always been fascinated by the Tudor Dynasty, especially Queen Elizabeth I. And since I'm obsessed with Anne Boleyn, I...
  • Jean
    Apr 12, 2013
    Everyone knows about the Tudors. Even people not particularly interested in history know the bare bones of the story, and people world-wide all seem to have heard about Henry VIII. I suspect it is one of the most popular periods to study in English history with its cast of colourful ch...
  • Adina
    Oct 02, 2014
    You don?t know much about Henry VIII except that he was an English king, had a lot of wives and changed the official Church of England so he could bang another woman? You heard of Thomas Cromwell but you don?t know exactly why he is so important? You want to learn more about this p...
  • Darwin8u
    Nov 12, 2012
    ?It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires.? ? Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall Brilliant. This is one of those rare novels that hits me on almost every level. The writing is crisp, deep and unsettli...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Mar 30, 2014
    Hilary Mantel sure knows how to write; her prose is eloquent and sophisticated. Stylistically speaking, she is very distinctive. Very few writers wield grammar the way she does; she uses every means of punctuation at her disposal to achieve real effectual writing. At some points her wr...
  • Glenn Sumi
    Dec 12, 2015
    I don?t have much to add to the excellent reviews on here about the Booker Prize-winning first volume in Hilary Mantel?s Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Indeed, I consulted several of those reviews while reading this lengthy tome, especially at the beginning, just to help orient myself...