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Thomas Cromwell : Machiavellian Statecraft and the English Reformation

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Thomas Cromwell, chief architect of the English Reformation, served as minister of Henry VIII from 1531 to 1540, the period during which more political and religious reform was accomplished than at any other time in Henry's thirty-seven-year reign. This biography_the first in a generation and the only one now in print_looks at his work and achievements during this period, and includes earlier and more critical assessments that view Cromwell as a disciple of Machiavelli.show more

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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 22mm | 381.02g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739134043
  • 9780739134047
  • 1,349,357

About J. Patrick Coby

J. Patrick Coby is chair of the Department of Government at Smith College.show more

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Well-organized introductory work...Recommended. CHOICE, January 2010 Coby's work in contextualizing the rich and complicated story of Cromwell's life cannot be praised enough...Coby ably depicts how Cromwell worked with and against his fellow courtiers... Thomas Cromwell: Machiavellian Statecraft and the English Reformation will revitalize the study of Cromwell. The Journal Of The Review Of Politics, Volume 72, 2010 This is at once a compelling, much needed biography and a massively well-informed intellectual history of the sixteenth century. J. Patrick Coby artfully tells the story of the man born to middling circumstances who helped transform England into a modern state. At the same time, he provides a lively account of the intellectual, religious, and political ideas and movements roiling the sixteenth century, showing how they influenced Cromwell and how Cromwell in turn helped to shape them. Coby focuses on events-biographical, historical, intellectual-of the 1530s, and students of the period will find particularly valuable his assessment of the seven sessions of the Reformation Parliament. -- Larry Carver, University of Texas at Austin A series of though-provoking points of reference as Coby recounts Cromwell's rise and maintenance of his position as chief minister to Henry VIII in the 1530s, as the king's 'great matter' made that transcendent leap into the jurisdictional phase of the English Reformation... An engaging and enjoyable study, ideal for both undergraduates and more casual students of Tudor history in its succinct description of 1530s England. Sixteenth Century Journalshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Cromwell Timeline Chapter 3 I. Introduction: Thomas Cromwell and the Sixteenth Century Chapter 4 II. Sources: Marsilius and Machiavelli Chapter 5 III. The Pre-Ministerial Years Chapter 6 IV. Henrician England Chapter 7 V. To Parliament and the Court Chapter 8 VI. The Reformation Parliament Chapter 9 VII. The Fall of Anne Boleyn Chapter 10 VIII. Rebellion Chapter 11 IX. Henrician Protestantism and the Return to Orthodoxy Chapter 12 X. Matrimonial Diplomacy Chapter 13 XI. The Fall of Thomas Cromwell Chapter 14 XII. Conclusion: Cromwell, the Man, and the Recordshow more

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