We are promised a third book – at the end of which Cromwell, presumably, will get it in the neck. I bite my nails. Why didn’t I wait until the third was published, and then I could have read all of them, one after another?
When I think of Mantel’s achievement with these books, I am awed. First, the research. I faint in coils at the thought of the reading necessary to amass such detail of social manners, clothing, furnishing, politics, religious schisms, climate, and the hullaballoo of daily life in the early 1500s.