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, […]

The Execution of Thomas Cromwell

| July 28, 2010

The Execution of Thomas Cromwell

On the 28th July 1540, not only was King Henry VIII marrying his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, but his former trusted adviser and Master Secretary, Thomas Cromwell was being beheaded as a traitor and heretic. Thomas Cromwell had been denied a trial, instead an Act of Attainder had been used against him. In “The Rise […]

Thomas Cromwell’s Arrest

| June 10, 2010

Thomas Cromwell’s Arrest

On this day in history, the 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell was arrested at a council meeting. All had been going swimmingly for Cromwell until the Anne of Cleves debacle. Who could have known that a lady from Flanders would be his undoing? The Rise of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex Thomas Cromwell rose from […]