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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; First Edition edition (5 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144561538X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445615387
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss J Warburton on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Iles on 18 Mar. 2015
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Excellent and well balanced. A good help with a wider perspective than Wolfhall
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katrina E Denton on 9 Mar. 2015
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Can't wait to read it;
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Berry on 26 Feb. 2015
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excellent value in every way
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Not Loades's best but well worth your attention 17 May 2014
By Audrey from Philly - Published on Amazon.com
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Perhaps because Cromwell has been the subject of Hillary Mantel's excellent fictionalized bios and because the period in general is a popular one, this document-based biography seems a little pedestrian. It's an excellent accompaniment to Mantel's work, especially if you're curious about her sources v. what she has postulated. Religion is largely at the center (as in Loades biography of Bloody Mary). As the title suggests, Loades is concerned to show that Cromwell mostly constructed and prosecuted his reforms based on the will of Henry XVIII not so much on his own personal convictions. He does document shifts in Cromwell's beliefs and contrasts them with Henry's but does not go far to suggest reasons.
My interest in the book stemmed largely from curiosity about why or how Cromwell came to seek the downfall of Anne Boleyn, which he must have known was falsely engineered (indeed he engineered it), while he appears to have been generally a proponent of the truth and reluctant to harm anyone (He went out of his way to protect Thomas More for just one example). These questions are not fully answered, though I got a clearer picture from Loades's explanations of family rivalries. There probably never will be a definitive explanation. Cromwell remains enigmatic: admirable in many respects, self-contained (a characteristic well evoked by Mantel), brilliantly able to devise a far-reaching change in British society, and intimidating.
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A jolly good read... 18 Aug. 2014
By L. M. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Am just an average Joe wanting to learn more about Thomas Cromwell having been prompted by Hilary Mantel's books. Have now learned more about the man and the times and appreciated being offered differing view points from the wide range of sources David Loades has drawn on. Reading his book has rekindled my interest in historical non fiction, it was accessible and not too technical or complex for a non scholar. Thank you.
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Clear and persuasive 29 May 2014
By Augustine Lovejoy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a pleasure to read and Loads creates a compelling case for his interpretation of Cromwell. I would recommend this to anyone.
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