And Anne Boleyn? Well, I've always been fascinated by her. Hilary Mantel does a great job looking at Anne through Thomas Cromwell's eyes. First, he's wondering, "what's the big deal with her? I just don't see it." (I am not directly quoting; just an FYI). But, as he draws closer into Henry's world, and with it, Anne's fascination, he begins to understand just what it is about Anne that makes her irresistible. Oh, I would so love to meet Anne today! I bet she would be a--word rhymes with witch--on wheels.
This book is hard to follow if you have no clue about all the craziness that Henry's 7 year infatuation with Anne caused in England, and the world. Religion was in an uproar, Queen Katharine and Princess Mary were shoved aside and treated horribly, and all because Henry wanted a son. He had no clue what he created when Anne gave birth to Elizabeth. I think he would have been very proud of her.
So read Wolf Hall if you really really enjoy historical fiction that is accurate to the nth degree. Stop and surf the internet for tidbits about characters in the book. But by all means, make sure you read it with other people, so you can discuss. I'm looking forward to discussing it in my book club tomorrow night. I just hope I'm not the lone wolf--he he.