Henry VIII's Enforcer: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell
- United Kingdom
More informationThomas Cromwell has gone down in history as one of the most corrupt and manipulative ruffians ever to hold power in Britain. A commoner turned chief minister, his ruthless pursuit of power and money have captured the public's imagination for centuries, painting a dark portrait of a merciless politician who destroyed people and institutions to please and enrich his king.
But Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch (How God Made the English, A History of Christianity), reveals another side. He argues that Thomas Cromwell was a principled and pioneering statesman: an idealist and a revolutionary, whose radical evangelism laid the foundations for the modern British state.