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Good, enjoyable research project but biased
on 6 June 2011
I've read a lot about Thomas Cromwell, I've formed my own opinions and I'm aware that other people won't necessarily share them, For me, Cromwell is without a doubt the marmite of historical figures and you either like him or you hate him, you're entitled to that opionion but; you're not writing this book and, if you were, maybe you'd give people a chance to make up their own minds by presenting the facts in an unbiased fashion. Hutchinson hasn't done that, he's obviously enthralled by his subject, aren't we all, but he takes a lot of liberties throughout this text. We will only ever know what Cromwell did, we will never know what he was thinking, or how he was feeling, when he did it. There's no doubt Cromwell was a master politician; violent, greedy, avaricious, wonderfully cunning and seemingly possessed of no conscience, he was the perfect support act for that giant of a monarch Henry VIII and Hutchinson presents him in this way, but there's too much assumption. I'm probably the only person in the Country who loathed Wolf Hall because of it's feeble attempts to get inside the mind of this man, Hutchinson has had a better stab at it but; although this is a decent book and it does recount a lot of historical fact accurately, it just misses the beat for me and relies too heavily on how Hutchinson believes Cromwell would have been, rather than on the facts.