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Wolf Hall: Cromwell the hero and More the villain?

The third episode of Wolf Hall showed the dark side of Thomas More, and Cromwell himself

By Sameer Rahim  
Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall © BBC

Mark Rylance in Wolf Hall © BBC

After three gripping episodes of Wolf Hall, a problem has been nagging some viewers. Was Thomas Cromwell really such a sensitive ladies’ man and was Thomas More such a creepy heretic-chaser? As we saw last night, Cromwell was charming the Boleyn sisters while the Lord Chancellor grimly tortured men for wanting the Bible in English. There have been objections to Mantel’s portrayal of More both in the novels and this TV adaptation. Catholic bishops have described the…

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