The Mirror & the Light (Large Print / Library Binding)

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The Mirror and the Light (vol.3) in the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy; which began in Wolf Hall. Mantel's work is like a fine Tudor jewel, sharply crafted and complex. Cromwell who is generally seen as a villain or ruthless here tells his story of being the crafter and enforcer of the Tudor Reformation ( warts and all). Turning history inside out and creating a unique and intimate point of view in the messy, cutthroat history of Henry VIII. This book was hard to put down.

Maeve Noonan

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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.

About the Author


Hilary Mantel is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her bestselling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. Wolf Hall has been translated into 36 languages, Bring Up the Bodies into 31 languages, and sales for both books have reached over 5 million copies worldwide. She is the author of fourteen books, including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black, and the memoir Giving Up the Ghost. In 2014 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).


Product Details
ISBN: 9781432876357
ISBN-10: 143287635X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: April 15th, 2020
Language: English
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