Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 360 pages
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The son of a brewer, Thomas Cromwell rose from obscurity to become the confidant of the King and one of the most influ ential men in British history. Cromwell drafted the law that allowed Henry VIII to divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn, setting into motion the brutal Pro testant Reformation. Over the course of his career, Cromwell amassed a fortune through bribery and theft, and created many enemies along the way. His fall was spectacular—beheaded out side the Tower of London, his boiled head was placed on a spike above the London Bridge.

Rich in incident and colorful detail, this is narrative history at its finest.
 

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Review: Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister

User Review  - L'aura - Goodreads

Hutchinson didn't write a page turner but his research his good and his fascination with the subject didn't ultimately influence his opinion on him. A good read if you're not looking for a too sympathetic narrative. Read full review

Review: Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's Most Notorious Minister

User Review  - Redsteve - Goodreads

Pro: Well researched. Good turns of phrase. Unlike some other historical biographers, Hutchinson does not "pad" his book with irrelevant details and wandering about unrelated events; this boo focuses ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Most Hated Man in England
7
Make or mar
27
Daily Round Common Task
47
A Bloody Season
70
Shaking the Throne
91
In a Glass Darkly
119
A Merry Widower Thwarted
139
Reformation and Retribution
159
The Distant Sound of Conflict
186
The Royal Neck in the Yoke
209
No Armour Against Fate
221
A Traitors Cry for Mercy
238
Epilogue
264
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About the author (2009)

ROBERT HUTCHINSON is the author of the acclaimed The Last Days of Henry VIII and Elizabeth’s Spymaster. He lives in England.

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