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message 1: by ``Laurie (last edited Sep 28, 2017 02:04PM) (new)

``Laurie Henderson Having read so many books about Henry VIII already I never viewed Cromwell as a hero either, more like a mass murderer. One reason I loved this book was the fall of Ann Boleyn was so gratifying.


message 2: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom I am not a big history buff (at least for this time frame) but knew the general facts and timeline from college history. Who knew that junk would stick for 30+ years??!!

Anyway, The Other Boleyn Girl painted her with a much sweeter side, so I had that brain stain going into this. Phillipa Gregory showed her flaws big time, but she also made her human. Mantel did give some good guy aspects to Cromwell, but I couldnt forgive him for much. The way he got the boy Mark to brag about his dalliances and turned it into a confession/conviction of others was painful to read.

Im on to something fluffier for the moment. Glad to put Cromwell in the ground!


message 3: by Camie (new)

Camie Didn't care much for Wolf Hall. Though I 've heard this one is better, I've yet to get it read.


message 4: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Camie, it was very similar style-wise to WH. If it was the plot and not the method that didnt thrill you, this one could work.


message 5: by Debbie (new)

Debbie Entertaining and thoughtful review. For sure passing on this one.


message 6: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac) I just agree with absolutely everything here, and you've written a wonderful review!


message 7: by Shawn (new)

Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac) Oh, this is embarrassing: I use dictation software and I'm a lazy proofreader: it should've been "I disagree with absolutely everything here…" (blush) 😂😂


message 8: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Debbie, my tastes seem to clash with all these other readers, so please check out other reviews. I appreciate your kind words!!


message 9: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Lol, Shawn - that is outstanding!!


message 10: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson Camie wrote: "Didn't care much for Wolf Hall. Though I 've heard this one is better, I've yet to get it read."

Camie, I thought this one was much better than WH.


message 11: by Kevin (last edited Nov 25, 2017 06:09AM) (new)

Kevin Ansbro Ha! Great review, LeAnne.
I only read one of her books (something or other on Ghazza Street), but I just couldn’t get on with her writing style either.
And as for Oliver Cromwell’s table manners...
I was always taught that one doesn’t slap one’s weenie on the dinner table until all the plates are cleared.


message 12: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Kevin wrote: "until all the plates are cleared......."
Obviously, your folks knew good manners! LOL Reminds me of that line from Steel Magnolias: Yeah, sure he's a gentleman. I bet he takes all the dishes out of the sink before he pees in it.

Have a great weekend!


message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan Wonderful review! Hah!! Your last paragraph and closing sentence are hysterical! Yeah, any book that involves slapping parts on dinner tables is probably not going to work for me.


message 14: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Susan wrote: "Wonderful review! Hah!! Your last paragraph and closing sentence are hysterical! Yeah, any book that involves slapping parts on dinner tables is probably not going to work for me."

Not your thing either, huh? LOL...happy Monday!


message 15: by kathleen r. (new)

kathleen r. @Kevin Anbro: Oops! Sorry but you're about a century off in your Cromwell lineage. As in, this story's Lord Cromwell is Thomas; you're referring to Oliver Cromwell, a descendant of Lord Thomas's sister. I'm not going pedantic about genealogy, but Thomas served Henry 8, and before his own death as an alleged traitor, Thomas is possibly best recalled as being the catalyst who brought down Queen Anne Boleyn. Other than being a likely candidate for criminality as far as his rather unstoppable ability to gain wealth and property from his scheming ways of 'polite disenfranchisement' of many titles and wealth to which his rather low birth status would never have accorded him, Cromwell was flinty, scheming and self righteously pious. He met his own death much as many if not all of his enemies: as a traitorous and wicked man who practiced his profession of law with an eye to the comeuppance of the nobility. Upon his death, all his wealth reverted back to the coffers of Henry 8...


message 16: by Matt (new)

Matt Great review, LeAnne!


message 17: by LeAnne: (new)

LeAnne: GeezerMom Thanks, Matt. Have a great weekend!


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