This was an insightful and interesting view of Thomas Cromwell. He's always been cast as the villian of the piece, but Mantel gives us another side of this man who was so influential in helping Henry VIII split from Rome. Cromwell's home at Austin Friars comes alive in the pages, as does his family, friends and associates. So much has been written about Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII that it's nice to learn something about the real power behind the throne, even though we already know how things will end for Cromwell.
This is the second of Shriver's books that I've read and both seem to show a darker side to life in the US. I couldn't stop listening to this one, but when it was over I said "Thank God," not because I didn't like it but because some of it was difficult to listen to. Good choice for a book club as there's so much to discuss. Not recommended for a summer read!
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