The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

| May 22, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

In today’s post, Teri Fitzgerald continues her examination of the family of Thomas Cromwell, the protagonist of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, by looking at Cromwell’s nephew Richard Cromwell. Thank you to Teri for a wonderful series of articles, I know I’m enjoying them. Richard Williams alias Cromwell, was born around […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Gregory Cromwell

| May 11, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Gregory Cromwell

Our ‘Real Wolf Hall’ series of articles continues today with a wonderful article by Teri Fitzgerald on Gregory Cromwell, son of Thomas Cromwell. Make sure you read Teri’s article on Cromwell’s family from last week too – click here. Gregory Cromwell (played by Tom Holland in Wolf Hall), was born to Thomas Cromwell, a successful […]

27 April 1536 – The King might leave the said concubine

| April 27, 2015

27 April 1536 – The King might leave the said concubine

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on 27th April 1536 John Stokesley, Bishop of London, was consulted for advice regarding whether the King could set aside his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Chapuys wrote to Charles V: “The brother of lord Montague told me yesterday at dinner that the day before the bishop of London […]

The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

| April 20, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing articles on some of the real historical characters we meet in Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and the BBC adaptation of the books. Today, we kick off the series with an article by Olga Hughes of http://nerdalicious.com.au/. Olga looks at who Walter […]

April Tudor Life Magazine

| March 27, 2015

April Tudor Life Magazine

Just to let you know that the April edition of Tudor Life, the monthly magazine of the Tudor Society, is out now. You can view a ‘taster’ of it over on The Tudor Society website – click here – and this month’s feature articles include: Thomas Cromwell: Political schemer or party animal? By Tracy Borman […]

Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies Plays Review by Marcia Wadham

| July 23, 2014

Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies Plays Review by Marcia Wadham

Thank you so much to Marcia Wadham for writing this wonderful review of the RSC’s adaptations of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies… Hilary Mantel’s books are wonderfully brought to life in these stage plays from the RSC. It was hard to imagine how each book, with around 800 pages of […]

Your Most Sorrowful Subject – Thomas Cromwell’s Plea to Henry VIII in June 1540

| June 12, 2014

Your Most Sorrowful Subject – Thomas Cromwell’s Plea to Henry VIII in June 1540

Following his arrest two days earlier, Thomas Cromwell wrote to Henry VIII on 12th June 1540, from his prison in the Tower of London, asking for mercy and pleading his innocence. Here is his letter: Prostrate at your Majesty’s feet, I have heard your pleasure by your Controller, viz., that I should write such things […]

10 June 1540 – The Arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, at Westminster

| June 10, 2014

10 June 1540 – The Arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, at Westminster

At 3pm on 10th June 1540, the Captain of the Guard strode into the council chamber at Westminster, interrupting a meeting of the Privy Council, and announced that he had a royal warrant for the arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, on a charge of treason. Charles de Marillac, the French ambassador, described the […]