This novel gives a wonderful insight into the life and times of Tudor England in the 1530s. Henry VIII has no male heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. He fails. And suffers...... Thomas Cromwell, takes advantage of this downfall, and through his ruthless ambition, becomes one of the most powerful men at court. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages, set in an atmosphere of fear, conspiracies and political intrigues. A challenge to read, but well worth the effort.