Aug 12th, 2012 by Annie
Wolf Hall Read-a-Long
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I love reading historical fiction, especially English and particularly Tudor era. I purchased Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel well over a year ago and don’t really know why I hadn’t started it. Then, about two weeks ago, I received an invitation from Michelle at The True Book Addict to participate in a Wolf Hall read-a-long. I knew it was time. Even though I have read quite a few novels on Henry VIII’s monarchy from several different perspectives, never have I read one from Thomas Cromwell’s perspective. I’ve finished reading Part One and I am hooked.
Setting the Stage
In Part One of Wolf Hall we are introduced to Thomas Cromwell and the beginnings of the struggles between Henry VIII and Papal authority in 1527 England.
Thomas Cromwell was, without doubt, shaped by his early experiences. He escaped a brutal father and learned to survive by his own wits as a child on the docks of the Thames and later across the channel as a soldier. Cromwell is an ambitious opportunist, and begins his rise in power, authority, and influence. Cromwell senses changes coming to England and reads the outlawed writings of Martin Luther.
England’s ruling monarch, Henry VIII, is determined to have his eighteen year marriage to Katherine voided on the grounds that it was never a true marriage. King Henry has no male heir and, as rumors suggest, has his eyes set on another woman.
The affable Cardinal Wolsey is Lord Chancellor of England and is charged with the difficult task of getting Henry’s marriage to Katherine annulled through the Roman Catholic Church. Cromwell is advisor to Cardinal Wolsey.
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