With expert insights based on a wealth of research, and riveting detail, she has brought Thomas Cromwell to life as never before, and achieved a fair and balanced assessment of his character and his career. Tracy Borman has crafted an exceptional and compelling biography about one of the Tudor age's most complex and controversial figures. His climb to power was remarkable, rewarding, and controversial. Katherine would have been very young at the time and confused, what she believed was love, was something else and when she wanted out, she tried to give the latter as many presents as she did with the first one, to get him away but failed. What inspired his change in religious observance? As you may have noticed with the length of time it took me to finish this biography I found it difficult to get into and quite laborious in places, but the last 50 or so pages re-ignited my interest - or maybe it was the excitement of nearing the end of the book. As a politician, Cromwell was highly pragmatic and this helped him in the difficult years following the demise of his master, Cardinal Wolsey.
She is less sure when discussing Cromwell's religious beliefs or his pivotal role in turning England into a nation state after Henry's split with Rome. He got rid of Anna, and once again Cromwell helped him for his own sake; and after he did, he paid the price for his initial mistake by being arrested at a dinner in 10 June 1540 on charges of treason. Cromwell has been viewed as both hero and villain through the ages, mainly depending on how the regime of the time viewed his religious reforms. The book outlines in detail the power behind the scenes of the English throne. Recent biographers and historians have dispelled myths regarding Katherine Howard as the harlot and giddy young girl who was cheating on her husband, and was sexually active since she was twelve or fifteen depending on which date you believe she was born.
It chronicles the period of time from his birth through his death. But Henry was not one to be patient. One has only to think of letters written to Stalin by his victims. Unfortunately, not much is known of Cromwell's childhood or his personal life as an adult. Born in the mid-1480s to a lowly blacksmith, Cromwell left home at eighteen to make his fortune abroad.
While the public part of his house was decorated and very nice, his private quarters were ordinary. Besides telling Holbein to draw a favorable portrait of Anna; he also gave extreme compliments about this unknown bride, telling the King that there was no bride more beautiful than and that the sun shone upon her, etc. Above all, her book is a joy to read--a remarkable tour de force by one of our most accomplished historians. Unfortunat Having read much of Tudor history both fiction and non-fiction and being a huge fan of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, I felt this book would be an extremely interesting addition. He did everything and anything to get what the King desired, regardless of how he might have felt. We don't even know when his birthday was.
Influential in securing Henry's controversial divorce from Catherine of Aragon, many believe he was also the ruthless force behind Anne Boleyn's downfall and subsequent execution. She doesn't forget that she's dealing with human beings, with their fallibilities and petty motivations. But who was the real Cromwell? As a psychological subject, Cromwell is as fascinating as the man he served. Born in the mid-1480s to a lowly blacksmith, Cromwell left home at eighteen to make his fortune abroad. The architect of England's break with the Roman Catholic Church and the dissolution of the monasteries, he oversaw seismic changes in England's history. He could be ruthless in his pragmatism and unflinching in removing obstacles from his path.
I felt both Thomas Cromwell's inequities and charitable qualities were revealed, and the nature of his undying loyalty to a king who was a tyrant - and the consequences of it. The sources give historians some clues, but much is a mystery. He was generous, kind and funny to his friends. 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 is cast either as a villain or a saint. Cromwell is for posterity a mysterious figure and perhaps that is how he wanted to be. A ruthless politician, he was also a loving husband, father and guardian, and a loyal and devoted servant.
Your next meal will be in the Tower. The book is written linearly and in easy with the exception of the olde English quotations , English. She doesn't forget that she's dealing with human beings, with their fallibilities and petty motivations. The evidence which was used against Katherine Howard, was no truer than that against Anne. A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner's-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation.
The impact of his seismic political, religious, and social reforms can still be felt today. . None of these things proved true. And neither was Thomas Cromwell whose reputation has been blackened since the nineteenth century. He was pious and abstemious and did not buy into the fanciful clothes or possessions of the day.