Thomas Cromwell is one of the most famous – or notorious – figures in English history.
MacCulloch (Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and award-winning author of A History of Christianity) has written the most complete and persuasive biography of this elusive figure; a masterclass in historical detective work that makes connections not previously seen.
It draws together national and international events, and uncovers the channels of power in early Tudor England. The book 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.
MacCulloch’s biography reveals for the first time Cromwell’s true place in the making of modern England and Ireland, for good and ill.
This is the biography we have been awaiting for 400 years – Hilary Mantel