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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
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Jan 13, 10

Read in January, 2010

Easy to see why Hilary Mantel won the Booker with this amazing novel. The opening scene was compelling and while that opening level of violence gave way to the chess game Thomas Cromwell played within the court of Henry VIII throughout the balance of the book it still felt like a page turner. This is a familiar story in many ways as the author takes on the contest of wills between Henry, Thomas More, Catherine his first wife and Anne Boleyn inserting Cromwell constantly either pulling the strings or at least lubricating the wheels as circumstances and ambitions demanded. Most thought provoking was the English drive to make Henry the head of the church in England. Justification given by pointing out that Christ never authorized his apostles to go out and get rich and build kingdoms of their own in his name. Made me think of todays millionaire evangelicals and how they too miss the message. I would recommend this novel to anyone.
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