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By John Schofield

An authoritative biography of 1 of crucial figures of the English Reformation who rose from humble beginnings to turn into Henry VIII's leader minister 
Thomas Cromwell wielded huge, immense strength whereas he retained the king's desire, however the failure of Henry's marriage to Anne of Cleves, which Cromwell had prepared, resulted in his quick downfall and execution. This biography unearths that the preferred photo of him as a blood-stained henchman is basically fictional. particular examine into modern assets illuminates his amazing brain and his love for and patronage of the humanities and arts, whereas brief case experiences shed new mild on his kin with, and his acceptance between, Henry VIII's topics. the ultimate half narrates the drama of his downfall, and the king's posthumous exoneration of the "most trustworthy servant he ever had."

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