Thomas Cromwell: A Life
A SUNDAY TIMES, THE TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, SPECTATOR, FINANCIAL TIMES, GUARDIAN, BBC HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR
Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography is much the most complete and persuasive life ever written of this elusive figure, a masterclass in historical detective work, making connections not previously seen. It overturns many received interpretations, for example that Cromwell was a cynical, 'secular' politician without deep-felt religious commitment, or that he and Anne Boleyn were allies because of their common religious sympathies - in fact he destroyed her. It introduces the many different personalities of these foundational years, all conscious of the 'terrifyingly unpredictable' Henry VIII. MacCulloch allows readers to feel that they are immersed in all this, that it 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. MacCulloch's biography for the first time reveals his true place in the making of modern England and Ireland, for good and ill.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - k6gst - LibraryThing
I’m a fan of one-time rectory-dweller (his father was an Anglican priest) and Tudor historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, and particularly enjoyed his A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - deusvitae - LibraryThing
Utterly magisterial and thorough exploration into the life of Thomas Cromwell. Based on voluminous research of all existing primary and secondary sources regarding Thomas Cromwell, the author sets ... Read full review