The Mirror & the Light

The Mirror & the Light

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""If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?" 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 before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. 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 triumphant 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 heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage"--
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2020
Edition: First U.S edition
ISBN: 9780805096606
Branch Call Number: F Man
Alternative Title: Mirror and the light


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The final book in Mantel's trilogy about Thomas Cromwell features the author's compelling style.

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Mar 03, 2021

Third book in Thomas Cromwell series (Wolf Hall).

Mar 01, 2021


Feb 25, 2021

Gone, the darkest past,
here, the most radiance cast.
How else can we walk back,
from age better or worse.
His inner verse, universe;
Royal hearse, God's curse.
History may track,
form own and lack.
These volumes unsurpassed,
to future descendants, outlast.

Feb 19, 2021

Third book in Thomas Cromwell Series

Feb 16, 2021

A masterpiece of style. The details are exeptional.

Jan 03, 2021

#3 in trilogy

Dec 28, 2020

Globe 100 2020. Final in wolf hall series about Thomas Cromwell. Final years of the doomed statesman's life.

Dec 09, 2020

Last of trilogy

Nov 28, 2020


Nov 22, 2020

3 STARS. Narrator makes almost insufferable gaffe. The first two volumes in the trilogy were extremely ably read by Simon Vance. Ben Able, how in the world did the notion come to you of trying to pronounce Wriothesley phonetically, when the character had already been introduced by a nickname, which nickname, Call-Me-Risley, informs one how to pronounce the last name? After all in the UK, Cholmondeley, is pronounced Chumly, Beauchamp Beecham, &c. One would not expect this of a narrator with an authentic or assumed received accent.

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