Thomas Cromwell

A complex man with a complex career, Thomas Cromwell tends to defy the efforts of his biographers. David Loades brings a lifetime's expertise to this new study, which is fresh, fair, lucid and a pleasure to read.
Hilary Mantel

Fluent, learned and perceptive
Paul Cavill, Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, described Cromwell as one who had, he professed shown such wisdom, diligence, faithfulness and experience as no prince in this realm ever had. He had been so vigilant to protect the king from all treasons that he found it incredible that he should have fallen into that way himself. He had he professed, loved Cromwell as a friend.

The biography of the blacksmith's son who rose to be Henry VIII's right-hand man.

Thomas Cromwell was a self-made lawyer who served first Cardinal Wolsey and then Henry VIII. His time with Wolsey was an apprenticeship which served him well in his work for the king after the Cardinal's fall from power in 1529. Cromwell's time in office from 1530 until his execution in 1540 was one of the most crucial periods in English History.

This biography explores how he tried to manage his relationship with Henry VIII and why he failed. It also shows how he manipulated the politics of the Court that eventually destroyed him. The rise and fall of the Boleyns, the dominance of the Dukes of Norfolk and Suffolk, and the executions of Thomas More and John Fisher all play their part in Cromwell's life. Eventually he overreached himself in his patronage of evangelical preachers and in arranging Henry's marriage to Anne of Cleves, which played a crucial part in his fall and death in July 1540.

To be published by Amberley Press, November 2013
ISBN 978-1-4456-1538-7    £20 Hardback

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David Loades gained his BA, Ph.D. at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and on the basis of his work was subsequently made D.Litt. After teaching at St. Andrew’s and Durham universities, he was appointed to the Chair of History at the University of Wales, Bangor in 1980. In 1989 he was made Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford where he spent a year completing his research for the publication of The Tudor Navy. He took early retirement from Bangor in 1994 and moved to Oxford to concentrate on the British Academy John Foxe Project of which he had been made Director in 1993. The Project itself was based at the University of Sheffield Humanities Research Institute and was completed in 2011. He is an Honorary Member of the University of Oxford, History Faculty. David Loades is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Vice-President of the Navy Record Society and former President of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He is the author of over thirty books on the sixteenth century.

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