Having loved Wolf Hall, I couldn't wait to read Hilary Mantel's sequel, Bring Up The Bodies. It's a heavy read, depending on what stage of life you are in, as you follow Thomas Cromwell in his mid-life working the machinations of the court to bring about Henry's desires. There are references to Cromwell getting rich in the process but you can't help but think Cromwell would do it anyway, would succumb to the King's whims because he learns most through serving, always looking forward and only momentarily looking back. He takes very little, if any, time for himself.
There is irony if we compare Thomas Cromwell serving his leader at any cost to our own current events in the news -- both hold actions that are skewed by the justifications stated emphatically by the doer and yet questioned by those that do not.
The gains made by those that are too feeble or cowardly to act is not lost on Cromwell. "They have eaten his banquet and now they will want to sweep him out with the rushes and the bones. But this was his table: he runs on the top of it, among the broken meats. Let them try to pull him down. They will find him armoured, they will find him entrenched, they will find him stuck like a limpet to the future. He has laws to write, measures to take, the good of the commonwealth to serve, and his king..."
Like Ms. Mantel states in her Author's Note, I do hope she continues her work in fleshing Thomas Cromwell out.