28 July 1540 – The Executions of Thomas Cromwell and Walter Hungerford

| July 28, 2013

28 July 1540 – The Executions of Thomas Cromwell and Walter Hungerford

While Henry VIII was busy marrying wife number 5, his former chief minister Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was being beheaded on Tower Hill. Cromwell had been arrested on 10th June 1540 at a council meeting, and a bill of attainder was passed against him on 29th June 1540 for the crimes of corruption, heresy […]

12 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell writes to Henry VIII

| June 12, 2013

12 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell writes to Henry VIII

On 12th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his arrest on 10th June for treason, wrote to King Henry VIII regarding his “most miserable state”, asking for mercy and pleading his innocence. You can read the full letter in my article from last year – click here. Cromwell […]

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

| June 10, 2013

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

At 3pm on 10th June 1540, while the Privy Council were in session at Westminster, the Captain of the Guard strode into the council chamber with a royal warrant for the arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, for treason. A furious Cromwell threw his cap to the ground, asked those gathered if “this was […]

Henry VIII’s Enforcer: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell – A Review and Rundown

| May 25, 2013

Henry VIII’s Enforcer: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell – A Review and Rundown

As so many of you enjoyed my rundown on the Anne Boleyn programme, I thought I’d do the same for the Cromwell programme. It’s a sacrifice you know as it is impossible to hold a glass of wine while scribbling frantically and trying to balance both notepad and cat on one’s lap! All of the […]

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

| May 24, 2013

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn – A Review and Rundown

I thought I’d write a review (well, more of a rundown) of the BBC2 programme The Last Days of Anne Boleyn for those of you who missed it or are unable to see it. I sat scribbling notes as fast as I could and I hope this makes sense! The programme flitted between a narrator […]

9 May 1536 – Meetings and Legal Proceedings

| May 9, 2013

9 May 1536 – Meetings and Legal Proceedings

On Tuesday 9th May 1536, Henry VIII wrote to Thomas Cromwell from Westminster Palace “Commanding him to repair to the King to treat of matters relating to the surety of his person, his honor, and the tranquillity of the realm”1 No detail is given regarding the matters to be discussed. On the very same day, […]

Who Was Gregory Cromwell? – How Fiction Became History by Teri Fitzgerald

| February 14, 2013

Who Was Gregory Cromwell? – How Fiction Became History by Teri Fitzgerald

Today we have a guest article from Teri Fitzgerald who has done extensive research into the life of Gregory Cromwell, son of Thomas Cromwell. Over to Teri… What do we really know about Gregory Cromwell, the only son of Henry VIII’s chief minister and right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell? It was a revelation to me, after […]

28 July 1540 – Thomas Cromwell’s Final Speech

| July 28, 2012

28 July 1540 – Thomas Cromwell’s Final Speech

On this day in history, 28th July 1540, while his former master, Henry VIII, was busy marrying wife number 5 – see Henry VIII marries Catherine Howard – Thomas Cromwell was executed on Tower Hill. It was an horrific end, with it taking a few blows to kill him. Before he knelt at the block, […]