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Far better than "Wolf Hall",
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This review is from: The Courier's Tale (Paperback)
If you enjoyed "Wolf Hall", read "The Courier's Tale" for another, much better, account of the same historical period. If Hilary Mantel's laconic, dispassionate style disappointed you, take heart: Peter Walker is a much better writer. While never losing narrative momentum, the quality of his descriptions as his character journeys between England and Italy are superb.
The courier, Michael Throckmorton, meets many great and notorious figures, from Michelangelo to Thomas Cromwell, but none exceed his master, Reginald Pole. It is extraordinary that this Englishman, who nearly became Pope but could also have been King of England, is so little-known today. Walker's extensive research tells us much about the period, but never at the expense of the human drama: Throckmorton's yearning for his native land, and for Judith, the love of his life, is at the centre of the story. This is a formidable debut novel which deserves as much, if not more, success as "Wolf Hall".