The Mirror and the Light

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The Mirror and the Light
Author Hilary Mantel
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Thomas Cromwell trilogy
Genre Historical fiction
Publisher Fourth Estate (UK)/ Henry Holt and Co. (US)
Publication date
2019 (anticipated)
Media type Print (hardback)
Preceded by Bring Up the Bodies

The Mirror and the Light is an upcoming historical novel by Hilary Mantel, the final part of a planned trilogy (including Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies) charting the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the powerful minister in the court of King Henry VIII.[1][2]


The Mirror and the Light is expected to cover the last four years of Cromwell's life, from the execution of Anne Boleyn (1536) to Cromwell's execution (1540).


In July 2017 The Guardian reported that "The book may not appear until 2019, said Mantel, who denied that her failure to finish the novel to schedule was a sign of reluctance to write about Cromwell’s execution in July 1540."[3]


  1. ^ "Hilary Mantel discusses Thomas Cromwell's past, presence and future". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Man Booker Prize won by Hilary Mantel's Bring up the Bodies". BBC News. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Kean, Danuta (5 July 2017). "Hilary Mantel says final Wolf Hall book likely to be delayed". Retrieved 2 August 2017. 

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