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Thomas Cromwell: Servant to Henry VIII [Kindle Edition]

David Loades
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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 brings a lifetime's experience 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

'Fluent, learned and perceptive' --Dr Paul Cavill, University of Cambridge

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10085 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (20 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GTYYFLQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great companion to Wolf Hall 18 Aug. 2015
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This is academic book and scrupulously provides the facts, suppositions and blanks about Thomas Cromwell. I wouldn't really call it a biography though as it doesn't try to find a narrative through the man's life but is instead more a very readable list of what is known about him. Also unless you are versed in Tudor history you will be let rather puzzled as the Loades rarely expands on events, processes of Tudor court and government or give background to other people involved. I read it immediately after Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies which probably provide the minimal primer to get to read this book. I've not actually read it to completion but have followed events up until the death of Anne and read some of the appendices. So a very succinct account of Cromwell but read something else to get the bigger picture!
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4.0 out of 5 stars scholarly and thorough 21 Mar. 2015
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Useful review of the aspects for which actual hard evidence exists. The author's views and analysis are clearly labelled as such and the prejudices of earlier secondary sources are not repeated as fact, as is the case with a more recent biography of Cromwell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 18 Mar. 2015
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Excellent and well balanced. A good help with a wider perspective than Wolfhall
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A well researched and written book about an astute and highly intelligent politician who was much maligned and poorly rewarded for his loyalty to Henry VIII be being beheaded. Cromwell comes alive in this book and is portrayed as a loyal servant to an ever increasingly difficult and vicious monarch. Well worth reading.
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