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

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

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'This deeply researched and grippingly written biography brings Cromwell to life and exposes the Henrician court in all its brutal, glittering splendour.' Kate Williams, Independent Thomas Cromwell's life has made gripping reading for millions through Hilary Mantel's bestselling novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who was the real Cromwell? In this major new biography, leading historian Tracy Borman examines the life, loves and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever.

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 England'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. 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 fresh research and new insights into Cromwell's family life, his household and his close relationships, Tracy Borman Tracy Borman tells the true story of Henry VIII's most faithful servant.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, 2 x 8pg colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Biography: historical, political & military
  • ISBN: 9781444782882



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This is a thoroughly researched, balanced and informative biography of Thomas Cromwell. Much of the historic evidence is opinion recorded by Cromwell's contemporaries, and Borman weighs this evidence fairly. Her writing is clear and crisp - she makes her points well and doesn't wrap them up in flummery. I like that she acknowledged the inspiration she gained to research Cromwell from Hilary Mantel's novels. I read this biography for the same reason. It has been a delight to discover that Mantel's imagined Cromwell is grounded in fact. Borman presents a less romantic Cromwell, of course, but assesses his actions against the times he lived through and against the evidence of his character that can be gleaned from original source material. Through the way they were taught when I was at school, I have always thought the Tudors were dull, but Borman has brought the era to life for me and put human flesh on the dry bones of history.