Thomas Cromwell

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

Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739134051
  • 9780739134054

About J. Patrick Coby

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

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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. 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 modernstate. 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 Well-organized introductory work...Recommended.....show more

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