28 July 1540: The Execution Speech of Thomas Cromwell

An execution at Tower Hill, circa 1550s ‘A true Christian confession of the L. Crumwel at his death.’ July 28 marked a dramatic day at Tower Hill. The most powerful man in England was to die due to forces entirely outside of his control. Cromwell had selected the perfect queen in Anna of Cleves, a beautiful, well-connected duchess, whose brother Duke Wilhelm of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, and … Continue reading 28 July 1540: The Execution Speech of Thomas Cromwell

Thomas Cromwell is Arrested: 12 June 1540 – Cromwell writes to the King

This is my own transcription of Cromwell’s first letter to the king, as published in my book of Cromwell’s letters. Cromwell addresses the charges against him, that he had spoken with Michael Throgmorton, servant to the ‘heretic’ Reginald Pole, in the company of Sir Richard Rich, who would lie about anything or anyone, regardless of the outcome. Then Cromwell addresses that he did not speak … Continue reading Thomas Cromwell is Arrested: 12 June 1540 – Cromwell writes to the King

Thomas Cromwell is Arrested: Cranmer’s Letter to the King – 11 June 1540

Thomas Cromwell The letters of the 1530s show a true friendship between Thomas Cromwell and Thomas Cranmer. Even as early as 1528, Cromwell was promoting Cranmer, a priest and diplomat at Cambridge, who had spent years in Spain as England’s ambassador, but who had also gained huge knowledge and understanding of reform coming out of Germany and Switzerland. Cranmer was one of the men who … Continue reading Thomas Cromwell is Arrested: Cranmer’s Letter to the King – 11 June 1540

Thomas Cromwell is Arrested: The Full Story – 10 June 1540

A surprising thing happened on the afternoon of 10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell was running late. Sure, he had been at Parliament in the morning, and had a Privy Council meeting at 3pm, but Cromwell didn’t need to go far between his two important tasks for the day. Cromwell was never late for anything, and no record exists explaining why Cromwell had to rush … Continue reading Thomas Cromwell is Arrested: The Full Story – 10 June 1540

BOOK REVIEW: The Beauty and the Terror by Catherine Fletcher

The period between 1492–resonant for a number of reasons–and 1571, when the Ottoman navy was defeated in the Battle of Lepanto, embraces what we know as the Renaissance, one of the most dynamic and creatively explosive epochs in world history. Here is the period that gave rise to so many great artists and figures, and which by its connection to its classical heritage enabled a … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Beauty and the Terror by Catherine Fletcher