Review: Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Found the writing pretty dry. Plenty of characters who go by their name, nickname, or title. So it was easy to lose track of what is happening when reading in little spurts, which probably set me back about 25% my normal pace just from backtracking to figure out what is happening.

About halfway in, I realized an ancestor executed at the Tower of London was around in this period. It was only in the last pages that I remembered he married into the Howard family, which made him an ally of Thomas Boleyn, Anne’s father. Looking at the data, I think Anne Boleyn is like my 1st cousin 15x removed. So the whole Henry VIII drama became more family lore than it ever has priod.

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