I’ve barely scratched the surface (we’re just past Jane Seymour’s rather startling wedding night), and I’m already settling back into the story as if it hadn’t been years since I read the second book of the trilogy. I just love being back in Cromwell’s world, and still as much in awe of him (and Mantel’s writing) as ever … and already dreading the inevitable end. This was SO worth the wait — and then some.
I am very glad I read Diarmaid MacCulloch’s biography of Cromwell in the interim, however.
Thomas Cromwell, First Earl of Essex, by Hans Holbein the Younger
(1532-1533; The Frick Collection)