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10 June 1540 – To the Tower for Thomas Cromwell!

| June 10, 2016

10 June 1540 – To the Tower for Thomas Cromwell!

At 3pm on 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, Lord Great Chamberlain, Lord Privy Seal and Henry VIII’s former right-hand man, was arrested during a Privy Council meeting at Westminster. Cromwell was then taken to the Tower of London and imprisoned there until his execution on 28th July 1540, the day that Henry […]

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

| June 10, 2015

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

On this day in history, at 3pm on 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, Lord Great Chamberlain and Lord Privy Seal, was arrested during a meeting of the Privy Council at Westminster. In a letter to Anne, duc de Montmorency, Charles de Marillac, the French ambassador wrote of Cromwell’s arrest: “To commence […]

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 […]

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 […]