Two time @thebookerprizes winner with a third nomination, Hilary Mantel is a master story teller and with her Cromwell trilogy she is top of her game.
The Mirror and the Light is the final instalment in the story of Thomas Cromwell and his rise to the second most powerful man in Tudor England.
Based on true events, Mantel brings the lesser known Cromwell to life in a spectacular way. He is clever and cunning, loyal and loving as well as ruthless with a almost divine ability to manage, manipulate and control everyone around him.
Wolf Hall was about his rise under Henry VIII removing Catherine of Aragon from her marriage and breaking with Rome. Bring Up the Bodies follows Cromwell’s removal of Anne Boleyn, tracing her infidelities. In Mirror and the Light, Jane Seymour is on the throne but not for long and Cromwell’s abilities finally start to fail him as his acquisition of a new wife for Henry displeases him…
Beautiful prose, description so vivid you feel you are there and characters so rich you’re lost in the world of 16th century England. Totally sublime and well worth all 825 pages! ❤️📚