A Revolutionary Life

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This biography is much the most complete and persuasive life ever written of this elusive figure, a masterclass in historical detective work. It overturns many received interpretations, for example that Cromwell was a cynical, ‘secular’ politician without deep-felt religious commitment, or that he and Anne Boleyn were allies because of their common religious sympathies -- in fact he destroyed her. It introduces the many different personalities of these foundational years, all conscious of the ‘terrifyingly unpredictable’ Henry VIII. For a time, the self-made ‘ruffian’ (as he described himself) -- ruthless, adept in the exercise of power, quietly determined in religious revolution -- was master of events. 

This is the biography we have been awaiting for 400 years. HILARY MANTEL