A Man for This Season

Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
Henry Holt, $27, 560 pp.

Among the protagonists in the pageant of English history, the Tudors are generally painted in lurid colors. In the English popular imagination—influenced by five centuries of drama and fiction—the kings, queens, saints, and schemers of the English Reformation are either heroes or villains, depending on where you stand in the religious debate.

Yet in Wolf Hall, her latest book, the British novelist Hilary Mantel has attempted...

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Lucy Lethbridge is a freelance writer and former literary editor of the Tablet.

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