Wolf Hall

This historical novel has it all – theology, politics, envy, lust. Portraying the life of Thomas Cromwell, an adviser to King Henry VIII, Mantel steers readers through the Reformation, the cut-throat (literally) jockeying in the royal court, Cromwell's rivalry with Sir Thomas More, and the king's political and theological moves to get papal approval for his plan to divorce Queen Katherine and marry Anne Boleyn. A great read.