> Skip to content
  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241952337
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 752
  • RRP: $26.99
Categories:

Thomas Cromwell

A Life




'This is the biography we have been awaiting for 400 years' - Hilary Mantel

Born in obscurity in Putney, Thomas Cromwell became a fixer for Cardinal Wolsey. After Wolsey's fall, Henry VIII promoted him to a series of ever greater offices, and by the 1530s he was effectively running the country for the King. That decade saw a religious break with the Pope, the dissolution of all monasteries and the coming of the Protestantism. Cromwell was central to all this, but establishing his role with precision has been notoriously difficult.

This book reveals this elusive figure as never before, making connections not previously seen and revealing the channels through which power in early Tudor England flowed. It overturns many received interpretations, for example that Cromwell and Anne Boleyn were allies because of their common religious sympathies, showing how he in fact destroyed her. It introduces the many different personalities contributing to these foundational years, all worrying about the 'terrifyingly unpredictable' Henry VIII, and allows readers to feel that all this is going on around them. For a time, the self-made 'ruffian', as he described himself - ruthless, adept in the exercise of power, quietly determined in religious revolution - was master of events. Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography for the first time reveals his true place in the making of modern England and Ireland, for good and ill.

  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241952337
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 752
  • RRP: $26.99
Categories:

About the author

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. His Thomas Cranmer (1996) won the Whitbread Biography Award, the James Tait Black Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize; Reformation: Europe's House Divided (2003) won the Wolfson Prize for History and the British Academy Book Prize. A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years and the BBC television series based on it appeared in 2009; the book won the Cundill Prize, the world's largest history prize, in 2010. His television series How God Made the English aired on BBC2 in March 2012. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and was knighted in the New Year's Honours List of 2012.

Also by Diarmaid MacCulloch

See all

Related titles