Award winning fiction, Historical fiction, Movie and television tie-ins
England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first… as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor. Cromwell's reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. 2009 Man Booker Prize. 2009.