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Spiegel und Licht (2020)

von Hilary Mantel

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""If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?" England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to the breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage"--… (mehr)
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If you've gotten this far into the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, you know what [b:The Mirror & the Light|45992717|The Mirror & the Light|Hilary Mantel|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1578295385l/45992717._SY75_.jpg|18853327] is about - an extremely hardworking and clever human being who fends off enemies external and internal to secure himself a place in British history. I thought this entry in the trilogy did an excellent job plotting an older Cromwell in an increasingly perilous position as a significant advisor to the King during a time of upheaval in England and I'd recommend the book and the trilogy as a whole. ( )
  eshaundo | Sep 13, 2021 |
Maybe on the re-read I'll appreciate this book more. And I am so sad to say that - it is a beautifully written work, full of court intrigues and Thomas Cromwell's musings and a whole lotta history. But there was a point at which the political machinations and the conversations just became too much. Too much to keep up with, the enormous cast of characters at the front was overwhelming, and because people are addressed with one title and referenced by another name, it became slow going.

But, I'm sure I'll re-read it in years to come and maybe that will make all the difference. I loved her first two volumes and hope to love this one more. ( )
  threadnsong | Sep 12, 2021 |
while reading this book, i also read a very recent interview where hilary mantel spoke in support of jk rowling and spouted some truly abhorrent terf talking points. of course it's a disappointment, and the timing was rough - i love her writing, and count it as an inspiration. equally, it's indicative of how deep the transphobic rot goes in certain vaguely leftist british literary circles, and british media as a whole. more than being saddened, i'm angry - for the state of the discourse & public opinion and for the violence of the media cycle and for the harm done to trans people.

i know it's not much & doesn't really make a difference, but i have chosen to remove my ratings on the wolf hall trilogy. my own love for these books is something i can't change, i can't just stop being inspired, the same way i'm still a fount of harry potter trivia despite it all. but i can take small material actions to ensure i don't take part in promoting her works. (though i'm aware of the irony in writing any of this at all; i view my reviews section more as a personal blog, and ultimately i just need to process all of this somehow.)

**SPOILERS** the book itself is very good, obviously. i still think "bring up the bodies" is the best in the series, but equally, i bawled when christophe started yelling in support of cromwell at his execution. just full on ugly cried. i had gripes and i had parts i loved and i don't really know if any of it matters. i loved gregory, throughout. i felt that lady rochford was suddenly a lot less sympathetic. i'm not really sure what the jenneke subplot accomplished and i hate that the dramatis personae spoils it. i'm getting teary thinking about christophe showing up and shouting all those things, surely knowing that he'll be killed for it. seven hundred and fifty pages and it's what happens on the second-last that will stick with me forever.
  i. | Sep 7, 2021 |
The last volume of Thomas Cromwell's life--he works to keep the Reformation going, to find the king a suitable wife and to prevent war with France of the Holy Roman Empire. His offices and properties mount up, but when the king is dissatisfied with Anne of Cleves he is ready to listen to tales of treason and both long time enemies and supposed friends are ready to provide them. The novel covers four years, but with frequent memories of Cromwell's earlier life.
  ritaer | Aug 10, 2021 |
Genre fiction is often praised dismissively. “This is a good book, for a (detective/science fiction/romance) story.” Historical fiction is another of those discounted genres. One characteristic of great imaginative literature is a book’s ability to invent characters who remain vivid in our minds decades after we’ve read it. Historical fiction, it seems, starts out with the characters given; few are invented. We’re not sure if that’s a handicap or an advantage. Gore Vidal, among recent writers, appears to have been docked a notch in critical estimation because most of his novels center on historical personages and events.
After taking home two Booker prizes and being seriously considered for an unprecedented third, it’s clear that Hilary Mantel seems to have overcome this prejudice. Justly so. The novels of the Wolf Hall trilogy are excellent imaginative literature. Period. This not despite being almost exclusively populated by historical personages, but because of how Mantel richly imagines a panoply of figures: Henry VIII and all six of his wives, Wolsey, Norfolk, More, Gardiner, Cranmer, and others.
And above all, the central character, Thomas Cromwell. The Mirror and the Light, like the previous two volumes, is told from his perspective. Without resorting to first-person narrative, Mantel takes us inside Cromwell. His consciousness flits from present business to past episodes of his unlikely life and, occasionally, to his hopes for the future. Alas, Tudor politics only offered one retirement path for leading figures once their time was up.
The notable achievement of Mantel’s portrait is that it adheres to the facts of what can be known of Cromwell yet reinterprets his motivations in a fresh yet convincing way. Without spoiling your own discovery, I’ll just say that Mantel presents a flawed man, but one whose failings are not those usually ascribed to him.
Along with presenting this and several other memorable personal portraits, Mantel does an excellent job of showing, not telling, that Cromwell was a man of his times. His conflicts were not only based on personal enmities (well, that too). He embodied a new order of society, informed by humanism. In retrospect, we can see that his opponents represented the late middle ages, organized according to a feudal system of inherited privilege in both church and state. Cromwell’s rise marked the coming ascendancy of capital, merit, and religious self-determination. It’s fascinating that Cromwell seems more devoted to the monarchy, which in a sense was simply the pinnacle of the old order, than his rivals do. His conviction was that a mercantile, religiously literate society would offer stronger support for a strong monarchy than the landed gentry could.
It seems timely to read this trilogy now, when the order embodied by Cromwell appears to be passing. We won’t live to see what replaces it. For now, we label it “postmodern,” whatever it is that follows “modern.” Perhaps our continued fascination with the sixteenth century includes the hope it will prepare us for the similarly wild ride that might await us. ( )
1 abstimmen HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
She [Mantel] is still exuberantly rethinking what novels can do. Not since Bleak House has the present tense performed such magic. The narrative voice rides at times like a spirit or angel on thermals of vitality, catching the turning seasons, the rhythms of work and dreams, cities and kitchens and heartbeats.
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""If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?" England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen before Jane dies giving birth to the male heir he most craves. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to the breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror & the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion, and courage"--

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England 1536. Mit der Hinrichtung Anne Boleyns ist Thomas Cromwell mehr denn je der engste Vertraute Henrys VIII. Loyal gegenüber dem König, gerissen im Umgang mit Verbündeten, gnadenlos gegen Feinde triumphiert der Mann aus einfachen Verhältnissen über alle. Doch was wird geschehen, wenn seine Feinde erstarken und sie den König auf ihre Seite ziehen?
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