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.
Fluent, learned and perceptive
Paul Cavill, Fellow of Pembroke
University of Cambridge
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Cromwell on the publications page
Published 1st August 2014
Sir Francis Walsingham, Spymaster to Elizabeth I
ISBN 978 1 85944 041 1 £4.99
Sir Francis Walsingham is best known as Elizabeth I's Spymaster General and for the
ruthless efficiency with which he carried out that role. Elizabeth did not like him but she valued
and he saw his duty as paramount, however awkward she could be. He was consistently in favour of
defending protestants and tracking down catholic conspirators. As Elizabeth's ambassador Walsingham
in France at the time of the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572 and it was that experience which
him a lasting hatred of the Catholic Church.
Three Tudor Essays
- The nobility in the sixteenth century
- Henry VIII Thomas Cromwell & the Church
- The Crown and the Church in the long Sixteenth Century
ISBN 978 1 85944 211 1 £6.99
These essays cover three themes: The manner in which the aristocracy was weaned away
from its military preoccupation to become a civilian and service class; The rise and fall of Thomas
Cromwell and his relationship with Henry VIII; And how Royal Supremacy was used by the tudor
establish secular control over the church.
The English Church and the Papacy in the Sixteenth
ISBN 978 1 85944 261 6 £6.99
Regnams in Excelsis was a declaration of war. For the first time in England men and
were adherents to Rome were required to choose between their religion and their allegiance to the
support the mass was treason. Loyalty to the crown was acceptance of protestant doctrine. The break
Rome under Henry VIII created a difficult situation. The Curia was seldom well informed about
affairs, which were often reported by those in exile or third parties ignorant of developments...
John Foxe: the Book of Martyrs
ISBN 978 1 85944 241-8 £4.99
In 1571 Convocation decreed that the Acts and Monuments of John Foxe should be placed in
every cathedral church and the houses of cathedral clergy. Many parishes were quick to follow. Cecil
also arranged for it to be placed in every chamber at court. It became available to anyone who could
read. The Acts and Monuments thus entered the culture of England in a way few other works
have ever done. Only the English Bible has exercised a comparable influence. The Acts and
Monuments is often more popularly known as Foxe's Book of Martyrs.
John Dudley 1504-1553
ISBN 978 1 85944 235 7
John Dudley was an efficient, ruthless administrator, who struck a sensible balance in England's foreign
policy, and did much to remedy the financial crisis which Somerset had left in October 1549. He has been
traditionally one of the most misunderstood men of the sixteenth century. He was branded as the "bad Duke"
in contrast to the "good Duke", who was the Duke of Somerset, and held responsible for the deaths of both
Thomas Seymour and of Seymour's brother, Protector Somerset. Within the last twenty years however his
reputation has improved dramatically.
Warwick the Kingmaker and the Wars of the Roses
ISBN 978 1 85944 236 4 £4.99
Warwick "the Kingmaker" played a key role in the Wars of the Roses. He was not a great soldier but he
was a hard working administrator and a nobleman of vast possessions and power. His support was vital to
the king and alienating him was a massive mistake. After his death at Barnet in 1471 he was attainted as
a traitor. He left no male heir but his two daughters married the brothers of Edward IV. Isabel became
Duchess of Clarence and Anne married Richard III.
The Levellers and the English Civil War
ISBN 978 1 85944 233 3 £4.99
The Leveller was one of the many groups of radicals which were produced by the ferment
of the English Civil War. Under a Leveller government there would have been no established church, not
tithes and no agreed statement of doctrine, which in the seventeenth century would have led to chaos.
Their ideas were radical, imprecisely formulated and occasionally contradictory. They were feared not a
little by their election of Agitators - what we would call shop stewards - by various units of the
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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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