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

MY HEARTY COMMENDATIONS: THE TRANSCRIBED LETTERS AND REMEMBRANCES OF THOMAS CROMWELL

THE TRANSCRIBED LETTERS AND REMEMBRANCES OF THOMAS CROMWELL Four hundred years passed between Thomas Cromwell’s death in 1540 and the recognition that this faithful servant was more than another agent of Henry VIII. Born a common man with no recorded education, Cromwell became a wealthy lawyer, politician, minister, and peer of the realm, and created the modern style of government in England. An extraordinary man … Continue reading MY HEARTY COMMENDATIONS: THE TRANSCRIBED LETTERS AND REMEMBRANCES OF THOMAS CROMWELL