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The author of the book: Robert Hutchinson
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Date of issue: February 21st 2008
ISBN 13: 9780753823613
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I had recently read Hutchinson's 'The Last Days of Henry VIII' and liked it, so was quite happy to give this a try. 'Thomas Cromwell-The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII's most Notorious Minister', published 2007, is a very enjoyable read and a well researched biography on the career of Cromwell.
T.C. escaped the wreckage of Thomas Wolsey in 1529, to climb up the greasy Tudor ministerial pole.
Having risen to Lord Privy Seal, and finally Earl of Essex, his fall came, charged with treason in 1540.
Therefore the book covers a sizeable chunk of Henry's reign, from the 'Great Matter' pertaining Catherine of Aragon, the tenure of Anne Boleyn, the foundation of the English Reformation, the Dissolution of Monastic houses, the Boleyn trial, the Pilgrimage of Grace, the tenure of Jane Seymour, the introduction of the English bible and the very short tenure of Anne of Cleves. All the above came about in the 1530's and Cromwell was involved in all these events, as a humble Member of Parliament, then into the King's Council to Chancellor to Chief Secretary. His was the rags to riches rise to power not known before or since. It also highlights the adage of absolute power and corruption.
Hutchinson is an expert on the Reformation and Tudor history. His book is packed with primary source material. There are close on fifty pages of notes alone. Perhaps not bed-time reading material, but a great study of this period.
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