Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life

Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life

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Since the sixteenth century we have been fascinated by Henry VIII and the man who stood beside him, guiding him, enriching him, and enduring the king's insatiable appetites and violent outbursts until Henry ordered his beheading in July 1540. After a decade of sleuthing in the royal archives, Diarmaid MacCulloch has emerged with a tantalizing new understanding of Henry's mercurial chief minister, the inscrutable and utterly compelling Thomas Cromwell.

Where past biographies portrayed him as a scheming operator with blood on his hands, MacCulloch reveals the real Cromwell as a quiet revolutionary, an administrative genius, and a deeply loving father who took his greatest risks to secure the future of his son. In the end, he could not appease the man whose humors were so violent. But he made his mark on England, setting her on the path to a Protestant Reformation and indelibly transforming the system of government of the English-speaking world.

ISBN: 9780143132929

Published Date: October 29, 2019

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

Page Count: 728

Size: 8.50" l x 5.50" w x 2.00" h