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The rise of Thomas Cromwell - Michael Everett

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Title
The rise of Thomas Cromwell - power and politics in the reign of Henry VIII
Author
Michael Everett
format
Hardback
Publisher
Yale University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20150303

How much does the Thomas Cromwell of popular novels and television series resemble the real Cromwell? This meticulous study of Cromwell's early political career expands and revises what has been understood concerning the life and talents of Henry VIII's chief minister. Michael Everett provides a new and enlightening account of Cromwell's rise to power, his influence on the king, his role in the Reformation, and his impact on the future of the nation.


Controversially, Everett depicts Cromwell not as the fervent evangelical, Machiavellian politician, or the revolutionary administrator that earlier historians have perceived. Instead he reveals Cromwell as a highly capable and efficient servant of the Crown, rising to power not by masterminding Henry VIII's split with Rome but rather by dint of exceptional skills as an administrator.

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Michael Everett is a visiting fellow at the University of Southampton. He currently works at the House of Commons, London, and lives in Hampshire, UK.

"Everett . . . offers a reinterpretation not only of Cromwell's significance, but also of the nature of politics at the Henrician court . . . A valuable contribution to the historiography of Cromwell's career."-Tracy Borman, American Historical Review

American Historical Review - Tracy Borman

"An original and scholarly work that succeeds in providing a more multi-dimensional view of Cromwell, his rise to power, and the politics of the early 1530s more generally, by extension also raising serious about how the rest of the decade played out."-Jonathan Harris, Journal of British Studies

Journal of British Studies - Jonathan Harris

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Statesmen - England - Biography.|Great Britain - History - Henry VIII, 1509-1547.|Great Britain - Politics and government - 1509-1547.
Number of Pages
xiv, 362 , 8 unnumbered of plates

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