Thomas Cromwell: Servant to Henry VIII

Thomas Cromwell: Servant to Henry VIII

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By (author) David Loades

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 238mm x 36mm | 720g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Chalford
  • ISBN 10: 144561538X
  • ISBN 13: 9781445615387
  • Illustrations note: 27 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 209,475

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Thomas Cromwell was a selfmade lawyer who served first Cardinal Wolsey and then Henry VIII. His time with Wolsey was an apprenticeship which served him well in his work for the king after the cardinal's fall from power in 1529. Cromwell's time in office from 1530 until his execution in 1540 was one of the most crucial periods in English history. This biography explores how he tried to manage his relationship with Henry VIII and why he failed. It also shows how he manipulated the politics of the court that eventually destroyed him. The rise and fall of the Boleyns, the dominance of the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, and the executions of Thomas More and John Fisher all play their part in Thomas Cromwell's life. Eventually he overreached himself in his patronage of evangelical preachers and in arranging Henry's marriage to Anne of Cleves, which played a crucial part in his fall and death in July 1540.

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DAVID LOADES is Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales and an Honorary Member of the University of Oxford, History Faculty. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and former President of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He is the author of over thirty books on the sixteenth century. Professor Loades studied under Professor Sir Geoffrey Elton, the doyen of Thomas Cromwell studies. He lives in Burford in Oxfordshire.

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'A complex man with a complex career, Thomas Cromwell tends to defy the efforts of his biographers. David Loades brings a lifetime's expertise to this new study, which is fresh, fair, lucid and a pleasure to read' HILARY MANTEL 'Fluent, learned and perceptive' DR PAUL CAVILL, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE