Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister


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The rise and fall of Henry's notorious minister - the most corrupt Chancellor in English history The son of a brewer, Cromwell rose from obscurity to become Earl of Essex, Vice-Regent and High Chamberlain of England, Keep of the Privy Seal and Chancellor of the Exchequer. He maneuvered his way to the top by intrigue, bribery and sheer force of personality in a court dominated by the malevolent King Henry. Cromwell pursued the interests of the king with single-minded energy and little subtlety. Tasked with engineering the ...

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Jul 30, 2009

Replays all the myths of Thomas Cromwell

Unlike Schofield's book on Cromwell, this biography failed to capture the truth from a historian's perspective.

Hutchinson trots out the same lines over and over how Cromwell "single-handedly" managed to undo the monasteries and anything else he set his mind to.

He, also, indicts a previous century from the auspices of our twenty-first century now in progress. We must not fall into this trap. The people at that time, did the best they could under sometimes impossible circumstances.

What Hutchinson fails to realize as he's criticizing Cromwell is that Cromwell didn't make decisions on his own. King Henry VIII was strictly hands-on. Henry dictated everything that happened. If the King told Cromwell that something had to be done "I want this now." Cromwell had to do it. Failure to do so would have cost him his head.

Fabricated evidence planted by the noblemen in Henry's court brought about the death of Cromwell. And unfortunately, the King only realized his tragic mistake several days later.

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