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Thomas Cromwell and the English Reformation

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  • Unknown Binding: 192 pages
  • Publisher: English University Press Ltd; [Revised] edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007JK0YA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should Still Be In Print 6 Feb. 2010
By Judith Loriente - Published on Amazon.com
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This short but thorough book is well worth reading. Prof Dickens wrote The English Reformation, a book that has rightly become a standard work, and `Thomas Cromwell and the English Reformation' is just as good.

It's best read in conjunction with John Schofield's The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant, which contains a little more analysis of Cromwell's character and religious beliefs. Nonetheless, as praiseworthy as Schofield's work is, Dickens' definitely hasn't been superseded by it.

It's also interesting to see that even fifty years ago the picture of Cromwell as a ruthless henchman was already being demolished. The chapter `The King's Opponents' contains an interesting analysis of just how unreliable are the sources of this legend. Reginald Pole, for instance, is shown to have had a spectacular capacity for misjudging the extent of real opposition to Henry VIII, for blundering his way into destroying his family, for hardening Henry's attitude toward religious conservatives and also for pretending that he hadn't written things his own writings prove he did write - "Yet this is the writer upon whose testimony, assisted by that of Chapuys, the accepted picture of Thomas Cromwell is to a quite surprising degree based."

Thanks to historians like Dickens and Schofield, that's no longer the case.
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