Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall

Book - 2009
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A magisterial new novel that takes us behind the scenes during one of the most formative periods in English history: the reign of Henry VIII. Wolf Hall is told mainly through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, a self-made man who rose from a blacksmith's son in Putney to be the most powerful man in England after the king. The cast also includes Cardinal Wolsey, Thomas More, Anne Boleyn and Henry's other wives - and, of course, King Henry himself. It was a time when a half-made society was making itself with great passion and suffering and courage; a time when those involved in the art of the possible were servants to masters only interested in glorious gestures; a time when the very idea of social progress, and of a better world, was fresh, alien and threatening. It was a time of men who weren't like us, but who were creating us.
Publisher: London : Fourth Estate, 2009.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 653 p. ;,24 cm.

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Alina's pick: After getting halfway through about a year ago I finally return to finish Wolf Hall! Not a light read but an interesting one.

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moriquendi10
Apr 05, 2017

Fun read. I am not sure I wouldn't like a good history book about the same era just as much, maybe more?

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captbligh
Feb 09, 2017

Easy to read, continully enthralling. A guise of history in soap opera form. Too many names to remember.

Bunny_Watson716 Dec 12, 2016

For fans of dense historical fiction who enjoy novels set in Tudor England. This is a book you can sink your teeth into and you won't be disappointed with Mantel's richly detailed writing style.

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msemos
Jan 17, 2016

too many characters with too many names and too much going on for me to keep track of it all very easily. at times I thought it was a great book and at other times it was so boring that I had to put it down and read another book. I borrowed the dvd and will see if that is any better.

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Middle Town
Aug 17, 2015

Not the most well-written, but but a fresh take on the events surrounding Henry VIII

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vv11
Aug 05, 2015

Set during the reign of Henry VIII, Wolf Hall is the story of Thomas Cromwell's rise in station and fortune. A learned man, Cromwell is privy to much of Henry's business (the country's as well as the king's personal affairs) as he works his way to the upper echelons of state and earns his place in history. If you enjoy historical fiction, add this title to your " Wanna Read" list.

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weBBsite1
Jul 10, 2015

March 10 - Vera-Marie

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Test_Brianna_222
Jun 30, 2015

Brilliant! I can't wait to read Bring up the Bodies and The Mirror and the Light!

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28fevrier
Jun 20, 2015

I did not like this book at all, and I read a lot of historical- or historically based books. The present tense bothered me. The plethora of characters , each one having several names, forcing me to constantly go back to the list of characters to find out who was who, the constant "he said" making you divine that it was Cromwell, the little side stories meant to give a "couleur locale", all turned me off.

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Wong_Anne
Jun 09, 2015

So many books have been written about the Tudors that it is difficult to imagine a new work on the subject, but Mantell has done just that. Her research is extensive and her imagined dialogue is fitting. I waded my way through the book, but prefer Philippa Gregory's historical writing.

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Tw1ggy
Jan 30, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Tw1ggy
Jan 30, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Tw1ggy
Jan 30, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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pagetraveler
Jul 05, 2013

pagetraveler thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 99

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grannyat55
Nov 25, 2013

Very well written.
But for someone who gets to read just 30 or so minutes at bedtime, it was too long - nearly 700 pages!

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pagetraveler
Jul 05, 2013

Based on English history and the time of the Tudors. Takes the point of view of Thomas Cromwell to tell the story of Henry the VIII and his 1st and 2nd wives and his relationship with the church.

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mudflapflossy
Jul 17, 2012

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.

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