The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell

The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell : Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant

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This major biography of Thomas Cromwell, Henry's VIII's right hand man, reveals for the first time that the image of a blood stained henchman is largely fictional.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 32mm | 639.56g
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752446045
  • 9780752446042
  • 1,179,583

About John Schofield

John Schofield is visiting scholar in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His other books include Philip Melanchthon and the English Reformation. He lives in North Shields..
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92 ratings
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This is the best biography of Thomas Cromwell that's likely to be written for some time - in fact, barring the discovery of new material, perhaps the best that ever will be. In its efforts to absolve Cromwell of the false accusations of ruthlessness that have been levelled at him (e.g. that he wanted to use the wealth of dissolved monasteries to enrich the nobility rather than assist the poor), Schofield does, however, go a bit far in one sole respect: he would like us believe that Anne Boleyn earned her downfall by being guilty of the charges of adultery made against her. Anyone who has read Eric Ives' The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, which presents a far more convincing explanation, will probably disagree. That's the only criticism I can see to make - and given that historians are fully entitled to their opinions and theories, it's only a minor one. I give it five out of five, and recommend it to all history enthusiasts, and also to those readers of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall who would like to learn more about its unlikely more
by Judith Loriente
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