12th June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell’s Letter to Henry VIII

| June 12, 2012

12th June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell’s Letter to Henry VIII

On the 12th June 1540, the newly imprisoned Thomas Cromwell wrote to King Henry VIII from the Tower of London, asking for mercy and pleading his innocence. It is an eloquent and rational letter written by a man in fear of his life: “Prostrate at your Majesty’s feet, I have heard your pleasure by your […]

10th June 1540 – The Arrest of Thomas Cromwell

| June 10, 2012

10th June 1540 – The Arrest of Thomas Cromwell

On this day in history, 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was arrested during a council meeting at Westminster. You can read an account of his arrest in my article 10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell’s Arrest

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell’s Arrest

| June 10, 2011

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell’s Arrest

At 3pm on the 10th June 1540 Thomas Cromwell, the Earl of Essex and Henry VIII’s right-hand man, was in the council chamber at Westminster when the door swung open and the Captain of the Guard strode into the room with a royal warrant for Cromwell’s arrest on a charge of treason. The French Ambassador, […]