Listen to the long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall, and Bring Up the Bodies.
This exclusive unabridged audiobook is narrated by Ben Miles, personally cast by Hilary Mantel to bring to life the stunning conclusion to her Booker Prize-winning Thomas Cromwell trilogy. 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.
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 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?