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The mirror & the light

Mantel, Hilary, 1952- (author.). Mantel, Hilary, 1952- Sequel to: Wolf hall. (Added Author). Mantel, Hilary, 1952- Sequel to: Bring up the bodies. (Added Author).


""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"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781250622587
  • ISBN: 1250622581
  • ISBN: 9780805096606
  • ISBN: 0805096604
  • Physical Description: xvii, 757 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First U.S edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2020]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Sequel to Wolf hall (2009) and Bring up the bodies (2012).
Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1. Wreckage (I). London, May 1535 ; Salvage. London, Summer 1536 ; Wreckage (II). London, Summer 1536 -- Part 2. Augmentation. London, Autumn 1536 ; The five wounds. London, Autumn 1536 ; Vile blood. London, Autumn-Winter 1536 -- Part 3. The bleach fields. Spring 1537 ; The image of the king. Spring-Summer 1537 ; Broken on the body. London 1537 -- Part 4. Nonsuch. Winter 1537-Spring 1538 ; Corpus Christi. June-December 1538 ; Inheritance. December 1538 -- Part 5. Ascension day. Spring-Summer 1539 ; Twelfth night. Autumn 1539 ; Magnificence. January-June 1540 -- Part 6. Mirror. June-July 1540 ; Light: 28 July 1540.
Subject: Cromwell, Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?-1540 > Fiction.
Great Britain > History > Henry VIII, 1509-1547 > Fiction.
Courts and courtiers > Fiction.
Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547 > Fiction.
FICTION / Historical / General.
FICTION / Literary.
Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547.
Cromwell, Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?-1540.
Courts and courtiers.
Great Britain.
Cromwell, Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?-1540 > Fiction.
Great Britain > History > Henry VIII, 1509-1547 > Fiction.
Courts and courtiers > Fiction.
Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547 > Fiction.
Great Britain > History > Fiction.
Genre: England > History > Cromwell.
Political fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Political fiction.
England > History > Cromwell.

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