Winner of the Walter Scott Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Costa Novel Award
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but he has no male heir. Despite opposition from the pope and most of Europe, he is determined to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The quest for the king's freedom destroys his brilliant adviser, Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum and a deadlock. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. A political genius, a briber, a bully and a charmer, Cromwell has broken all the rules of a rigid society in his ascent to power, and he is preparing to break some more. Pitting himself against parliament, the political establishment and the papacy, he is prepared to reshape England to his own and Henry's desires.
"Dazzling... Both spellbinding and unbelievable." - The New York Times
"This is a beautfiul and profoundly humane book, a dark mirror held up to our own world... Hilary Mantel is one of our bravest as well as most brilliant writers." - The Observer
"A darkly magnificent novel... in Mantel's Wolf's Hall, history is a feast whose various and vital excitements and intrigues make the book a long and complex pleasure." - Boston Globe