The Mirror & the Light

The Mirror & the Light

eBook - 2020 | First Canadian edition.
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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, 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 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?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2020.
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443413756
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 883 pages) : genealogical tables
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: The mirror and the light

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brangwinn
Mar 22, 2020

The third book in the series, which began with Wolf Hall (2009) is a stand-alone book, but I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first two books in the series. This book is told through Cromwell’s eyes, as he worries about King Henry’s continually changing friendships. And after 1700 pages in this final book in the series you know a lot about him.

debwalker Oct 29, 2019

Mantel follows Thomas Cromwell's journey.

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