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Lucky Thirteen: Wolf Hall, Parts III & IV (Entry 3)
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Wolf Hall, Parts III & IV (Entry 3)

Choose your prince.
Cromwell was loyal and energetically served Cardinal Wolsey. Once Wolsey fell out of favor, Cromwell started nurturing his relationship with another "prince", the King, without turning his back on the Cardinal. Then when Cardinal Wolsey died, Cromwell was in a plump position to become one of the King's advisors.

This is how you rise in station. Cromwell is not a man of conviction to political sides. He is a man of conviction to rising in power and wealth. He can go one way or the other. He doesn't seem to be immoral. So far. The jury is still out. He needs to find the next stepping block. He had to choose his prince.

Arrange your face.
Cromwell was brilliant. Knowledgeable in every area I can imagine - numbers, business, language, diplomacy, counseling, theology, politics. He had only his service to others to propel his fortunes forward.

Humbler than humble background, his future lay in what he could do for those in power. Therefore his emotions and opinions were always filtered. What a life. ....hide one's true feelings, arrange one's face. Take a deep breath. You can do it.
Money is power. Even back then. Who would have guessed.

The world is not run from where he thinks. Not from border fortresses, not even from Whitehall. The world is run from Antwerp, from Florence, from places he has never imagined; from Lisbon, from where the ships with sails of silk drift west and are burned up in the sun. Not from the castle walls, but from counting houses, not be the call of the bugle, but by the click of the abacus, not by the grate and click of the mechanism of the gun but by the scrape of the pen on the page of the promissory note that pays for the gun and the gunsmith and the powder and shot.”
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january 2019 by jerryking
Thomas Cromwell: the man who made modern England
September 13, 2018 | Financial Times | by Kate Maltby.

Thomas Cromwell: A Life, by Diarmaid MacCulloch, Allen Lane, RRP£30, 728 pages
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september 2018 by jerryking
The Bombs of Steve Bannon
MARCH 10, 2017 | The New York Times | Timothy Egan.
Stephen_Bannon  Donald_Trump  Thomas_Cromwell  Tudors 
march 2017 by jerryking
For Brexit supporters, a cautionary tale from Henry VIII - The Globe and Mail
LONDON — Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016 3:06PM
Brexit  United_Kingdom  Tudors  EU  history  cautionary_tales 
september 2016 by jerryking
Hilary Mantel: Bringing Up the Books -
October 25, 2012 | WSJ | By JAVIER ESPINOZA.
Bringing Up the Books
Hilary Mantel on the Man Booker, Tudor Tales and Polishing Off Her Trilogy
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january 2013 by jerryking
Hilary Mantel Wins a Second Booker Prize -
October 16, 2012, 5:01 pm 47 Comments
Hilary Mantel Wins a Second Booker Prize
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october 2012 by jerryking
Wolf Hall
21 May 2009 | New Statesman | Review by Rachel Aspden of Hilary
Mantel's Wolf Hall. In the hands of Hilary Mantel, Tudor kitsch
becomes something darker and less digestible. Wolf Hall takes a forensic
slice through a nation caught between feudalism and capitalism, the
Middle Ages and modernity, Catholicism and the revolutionary doctrines
emerging from the Continent. Memories of the disastrous dynastic wars of
the previous century are still fresh, and fears of another are growing.
As there is little national, so there is no personal, security: noble
and commoner alike are only ever a step away from their legal
transformation into a mangled corpse or a smouldering residue of “mud,
grease, charred bone”.

Mantel’s hero for this age of uncertainty is Thomas Cromwell....he is a
champion of reason and – unlike other, less scrupulous members of the
nobility – of the rule of law.
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july 2010 by jerryking
The Men Who Made England
March 2010 | The ATLANTIC MAGAZINE | By Christopher Hitchens.
Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall is a service to the history it depicts, and
puts the author in the very first rank of historical novelists.
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july 2010 by jerryking
Book Review: Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall' -
OCTOBER 10, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by MARTIN RUBIN who reviews "Wolf Hall" By Hilary Mantel
Henry Holt, 532 pages, $27.
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october 2009 by jerryking

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