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

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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 him 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 was in France at the time of the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572 and it was that experience which gave him a lasting hatred of the Catholic Church.

The cover of Sir Francis Walsingham, Spymaster to Elizabeth I by David Loades

Three Tudor Essays

  1. The nobility in the sixteenth century
  2. Henry VIII Thomas Cromwell & the Church
  3. 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 monarchs to establish secular control over the church.

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The English Church and the Papacy in the Sixteenth Century

ISBN 978 1 85944 261 6    £6.99

Regnams in Excelsis was a declaration of war. For the first time in England men and women who were adherents to Rome were required to choose between their religion and their allegiance to the crown. To support the mass was treason. Loyalty to the crown was acceptance of protestant doctrine. The break with Rome under Henry VIII created a difficult situation. The Curia was seldom well informed about English affairs, which were often reported by those in exile or third parties ignorant of developments...

The English Church and the Papacy in the Sixteenth Century by David Loades

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 Foxe: the Book of Martyrs by David Loades

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.

The English Church and the Papacy in the Sixteenth Century by David Loades

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.

Warwick the Kingmaker and the Wars of the Roses by David Loades

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 army...

The Levellers and the English Civil War by David Loades

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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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