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(SIGNED) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

(SIGNED) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

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First Edition, second impression with "2" on the Publishers page with signature only to the title page. Red illustrated dust-jacket, sun bleached along the spine otherwise undamaged. Bound in dark grey cloth showing one light crease along the spine and a long thin line down the front, only visible at certain angle/light. Contents unmarked, pages smooth and clean appearing unread. May incur additional postage charges overseas. Seller Inventory #037145


England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant.

Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell is a wholly original man: the son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a charmer, a bully, a man with a delicate and deadly expertise in manipulating people and events. Ruthless in pursuit of his own interests, he is as ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself.

His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. From one of our finest living writers, Wolf Hall is that very rare thing: a truly great English novel, one that explores the intersection of individual psychology and wider politics. With a vast array of characters, and richly overflowing with incident, it peels back history to show us Tudor England as a half-made society, moulding itself with great passion and suffering and courage.

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