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Thomas Cromwell, Part 6, Chapter 2 y sins are my strength … I hug them close; they’re mine. Sources: British Council, The New Yorker, The Paris Review Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Politics & the Church When religious and political power mingle, a man may wield both. Power & Ambition Ambition can bring great power; it can also cause a great fall. Identity On the journey out of poverty, a changeable public self is key. Themes Powerful clergyman; lord chancellor of England; political casualty Cardinal Wolsey Girl with humble beginnings; calculating, skilled manipulator; object of the king’s desire Anne Boleyn Lustful, petulant king; frustrated lover and unrestrained aggressor King Henry VIII Practical, ambitious king’s councillor and opportunist; paves the way for Henry’s annulment Thomas Cromwell Main Characters Almost as much historian as British novelist, Mantel trains her scholarly eye on the life of Thomas Cromwell in this sympathetic depiction of the often vilified figure. Mantel’s bleak childhood and absent father may have sparked sympathy for young Cromwell, who escaped grim conditions to make history. HILARY MANTELBORN 1952 Author Cromwell gains wealth and titles as he accomplishes the king’s wishes. Master Secretary When Wolsey can’t secure Henry VIII’s annulment, Cromwell gets creative. King’s Councillor Thomas Cromwell leaves his abusive father to become Cardinal Wolsey’s assistant. HumbleBeginnings Though he was born the son of a blacksmith, Thomas Cromwell’s intelligence carries him to the top of a world built on the idea that nobility, not merit, provides status and power. His tactical mind and strong loyalty allow him to bring about the divorce King Henry VIII desperately desires. FromBlacksmith’s Sonto King’s Adviser OVERVIEW English Original Language 2009 Year Published Hilary Mantel Author Wolf Hall Historical Fiction Novel

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