Hilary Mantel

The price of war

No ruler in the history of the world has ever been able to afford a war. They’re not affordable things. No prince ever says, ‘This is my budget, so this  is the kind of war I can have.’ You enter into one and it uses up all the money you’ve got, and then it breaks you and bankrupts you.”

– an observation made by Thomas Cromwell, in “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel