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I came to appreciate the perspective of Thomas Cromwell through the fictional work of Hilary Mantle's Wolf Hall and the follow-up novel Bring up the Bodies. This drew me to this biography highly-touted and it did not disappoint!
This book combined with the perspective of Hillary Mantel and various other books that I've read has lent a broader perspective of the man who was or may have been Thomas Cromwell. I appreciated his Machiavellian approach to the world. It also gives me great pride to think that a man who came from nothing and yet achieved so much change in the world. He wasn't perfect. He was self described as a Ruffian, and I think that is appropriate. The days of protagonists being squeaky clean are over and I think that's appropriate. History is never squeaky clean.
I'm not a fan of revisionist history per say however I do believe that history should be revisited once new evidence is brought to light or new documentation reveals allows us to draw correlation and theorize a new direction for a person in history. Similar to Richard III, we are finding out so much that otherwise was left to propagandistic historical recording. Whereas today I think we try to use more factuality and are not scandalized as easily. I think the same has been allowed with Thomas Cromwell and I am glad for it because otherwise I would have believed he was a very foul human being otherwise.
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Would you listen to Thomas Cromwell again? Why?
yes, I think it is a great window on the Tudor period
Who was your favorite character and why?
not sure on that one
What does Julian Elfer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
this narrator is about the best one I have heard yet on Audible. I hope he does more in the history section..as that is what I am mostly interested in.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
no , but it is quite interesting
Any additional comments?
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