Wolf Hall

By Hilary Mantel
(Fourth Estate, Paperback, 9780007230204)

Publication Date: March 2010

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“In Wolf Hall, Mantel offers a new view of the reign of Henry VIII: from inside the head of Thomas Cromwell, as he ponders ways to increase the size of Henry's exchequer and aid the king's efforts to get Anne Boleyn into his bed through the sanctity of marriage. Mantel exposes Cromwell's thoughts as he frets over his family, his friends, even his enemies. A brilliant novel that encapsulates the Tudor era in the lushest of evocative prose.”
-- Kathy Ashton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
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Sunday, Oct 25, 2009

Liane Hansen talks with author Hilary Mantel, this year's winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Wolf Hall, tells the story of the reign of England's King Henry VIII and the subsequent ushering in of the Reformation — all through the eyes Thomas Cromwell, the king's adviser for almost a decade. More at NPR.org

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  1. What is the significance of Mantel’s “occult” history of Britain?  How might these legendary traditions have influenced Henry in choosing to marry Anne Boleyn?  What role does legend play in the perpetuation of a monarchy? 

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