The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel“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.
Hilary Mantel's The Mirror and the Light announced for 2020
Exclusive Edition c ontains exclusive extra material, including an essay by Hilary Mantel about the historical settings of the Wolf Hall trilogy. Other editions are available to pre-order here. They have eaten his banquet and now they will want to sweep him out with the rushes and the bones. But this was his table: he runs on the top of it, among the broken meats. Let them try to pull him down. They will find him armoured, they will find him entrenched, they will find him stuck like a limpet to the future. Now all of England lies at his feet, ripe for innovation and religious reform.
The Testaments takes us back to the dystopian world of the the best-selling novel. Well, almost everything! Due in September Click here to pre-order now. Lyra Silvertongue is an undergraduate on a journey through Asia and the Levant, and we expect her bravery and gift for decoding an alethiometer will be put to the test. Hilary Mantel has kept us waiting for final novel in her double Booker winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy.
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Holt has published the first two books in the trilogy— Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies —and both were major bestsellers and Man Booker Prize winners in fiction in the U. The new novel will be published in the U. Holt has sold a total of 1. Steve Rubin, chairman of Holt, said he is looking forward to the release of the last chapter of the Cromwell story. Subscribers: to set up your digital access click here. To subscribe, click here. Simply close and relaunch your preferred browser to log-in.