This is the second part of a planned trilogy focusing on Thomas Cromwell and the book has just won the 2012 Man Booker Prize for fiction. This literary prize is awarded each year for the best original full length novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe. I would agree with the judges. As an historical novel, it brings to life Cromwell, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII and his courtiers in all their scheming glory. Henry is desperate for a male heir. He wants no repeat of the decades of unrest caused by the War of the Roses when the Lancasters and the Yorks fought over the throne of England. Anne, difficult, brittle, smarter than Henry, has not produced a male heir and has fallen out of favor with Henry who is ready to move on to try his luck with Jane Seymour. Cromwell, the ultimate fixer, wants to oblige his king.
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Reviewed by: kh