• Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant by Tracy Borman

REVIEW

A agilely revisionist biography of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540).

Long reviled as the evil genius who anchored Henry VIII’s annulment from Catharine of Aragon and oversaw the annexation of Catholic monasteries, Cromwell accustomed spectacular rehabilitation in Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall (2009) and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012). Agreeing that Mantel was assimilate something, Borman (Queen of the Conqueror: The Life of Matilda, Wife of William I, 2012, etc.), collective arch babysitter of celebrated royal palaces and arch controlling of Britain’s Heritage Education Trust, writes an engrossing adventures of a adamant man who rose and fell in the account of a ruthless king, a aisle followed by dozens abutting to Henry. Son of a blacksmith, Cromwell catholic and formed on the abstemious as a adolescent man. At age 30, as a successful London merchant and lawyer, he entered the domiciliary of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s arch adviser, and prospered. Back Henry turned against Wolsey in 1529 (largely due to his abhorrence to advance the king’s divorce), Cromwell stepped in. Fiercely committed to accomplishing Henry’s desires, Cromwell switched from appeals to the pope to manipulating Parliament and browbeating England’s accounting establishment. After years of political arm-twisting, he succeeded. Henry affiliated Anne Boleyn and, far more significant, replaced the pope as arch of the English church. Cromwell presided over the dissolution of abbey property, a asset for the king, and successfully distanced himself from Anne as she fell from favor. His luck and life ran out in 1540 back enemies took advantage of Henry’s growing conservatism in affairs of religious article (he had beneath absorption than Cromwell in Protestant reforms) and he disastrously accurate Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves.

A accomplished rags-to-riches-to–executioner’s-block adventure of a above amount of the English Reformation.

EDITORIAL REVIEW

Thomas Cromwell has long been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power. As Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Cromwell was the architect of the English Reformation, secured Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon and plotted the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and upon his arrest, was accused of trying to usurp the King himself. But here Tracy Borman reveals a different side of one of the most notorious figures in history: that of a caring husband and father, a fiercely loyal servant and friend, and a revolutionary who helped make medieval England into a modern state.

Born in the mid-1480s to a lowly blacksmith, Cromwell left home at eighteen to make his fortune abroad. After serving as a mercenary in the French army, working for a powerful merchant banker in Florence at the height of the Renaissance, and spending time as a cloth merchant in the commercial capital of the world, the Netherlands, Cromwell returned to England and built a flourishing legal practice. He soon became the protégé of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and then worked his way into the King’s inner circle. As Henry’s top aide, Cromwell was at the heart of the most momentous events of his time and wielded immense power over both church and state. His seismic political, religious, and social reforms had an impact that can still be felt today. Grounded in excellent primary source research, Thomas Cromwell gives an inside look at a monarchy that has captured the Western imagination for centuries, and tells the story of a controversial and enigmatic man who forever changed the shape of his country.

Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant

  • BookThomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
  • Author:Tracy Borman
  • ISBN:0802123171
  • ISBN-13:9780802123176
  • Binding:Paperback
  • Publishing Date:2014-12-02
  • Publisher:Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Language:English
  • Number Of pages:464