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Thomas Cromwell The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant


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With Hilary Mantel’s novel Wolf Hall about to feature as a major BBC2 drama, interest in Thomas Cromwell has increased, how did he rise from tavern keeper’s son to a major figure at the court of Henry VIII? And as revealed in Tracy Borman’s intriguing new biography, behind this outward facade he was also husband and father. With new research and newly revealed historical documents, Tracy Borman reveals the real Thomas Cromwell.

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Thomas Cromwell The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant by Tracy Borman

Thomas Cromwell is known to millions as the leading character in Hilary Mantel's bestselling Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who was the real Cromwell? Born a lowly tavern keeper's son, Cromwell rose swiftly through the ranks to become Henry VIII's right hand man, and one of the most powerful figures in Tudor history. The architect of England's break with the Roman Catholic Church and the dissolution of the monasteries, he oversaw seismic changes in our country's history. Influential in securing Henry's controversial divorce from Catherine of Aragon, many believe he was also the ruthless force behind Anne Boleyn's downfall and subsequent execution. But although for years he has been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power, Thomas Cromwell was also a loving husband, father and guardian, a witty and generous host, and a loyal and devoted servant. With new insights into Cromwell's character, his family life and his close relationships with both Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Tracy Borman examines the life, loves and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever.


'Tracy Borman has crafted an exceptional and compelling biography about one of the Tudor age's most complex and controversial figures. With expert insights based on a wealth of research, and riveting detail, she has brought Thomas Cromwell to life as never before.'

Alison Weir

About the Author

Tracy Borman studied and taught history at the University of Hull and was awarded a PhD in 1997. She is now Chief Executive of the Heritage Education Trust and joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces. Tracy is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including Matilda: Wife of the Conqueror, First Queen of England, Elizabeth's Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen and Witches: A Tale of Sorcery, Scandal and Seduction. Tracy is also a regular broadcaster and public speaker, giving talks on her books across the UK and abroad. She lives in Surrey with her daughter.

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30th November 1999


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