The mirror & the light / Hilary Mantel
Book | Henry Holt and Company | 2020 | First U.S edition.
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First U.S edition.
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xvii, 757 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
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LEISURE READING
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England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad, and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to the breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With 'The Mirror & the Light', Hilary Mantel brings to a trimupant close the trilogy she began with 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the hieghts of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage.
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