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Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's Most Notorious Chief Minister with Dr. Lauren Mackay, Part 3

Thomas Cromwell: Henry VIII's Most Notorious Chief Minister with Dr. Lauren Mackay, Part 3


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Rising from humble beginnings, Thomas Cromwell was arguably one of the most powerful and influential men of the Tudor period, masterminding some of the most dramatic events of Henry VIII's reign, from the break with Rome and violent governmental reform, to the betrayal and execution of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn. His involvement in some of the darkest events of Henry VIII’s reign have left an indelible stain on his character for many historians, and even the fictional portrayals are far from flattering. But there is more to Cromwell than his"thug in a doublet" reputation suggests.

Well travelled, worldy, and highly intelligent, Cromwell was very much a self made man, rising through the ranks as a lawyer in the household of the powerful Cardinal Wolsey, to emerge as Henry VIII’s “fixer”. There are also often ignored personal elements-he was a loyal husband, father and guardian, and a devoted servant to Henry VIII. He valued education, and had a love of literature, finery, and european culture.

Part 3: By 1536 Cromwell was the most powerful minister in the realm, but as the wheel of fortune continued to turn, our final lecture explores Cromwell's career at the top, his radical and aggressive religious policies which divided a nation, and the danger of his proximity to an increasingly violent and unpredictable King. Part 3 of this series concludes with the last years of Cromwell's life and career, and the small mistakes which lead to his ultimate downfall. 

Led by Dr. Lauren Mackay, an Early Modern Historian and Tudor expert, this lecture will trace Cromwell’s life and career, his astonishing rise to the very highest ranks of court, and his swift and violent downfall, going back to the evidence to provide an insight into Thomas Cromwell the man as well as the chief minister. Designed to inspire curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Tudor political culture, Thomas Cromwell’s involvement in key events, and Tudor individuals from his perspective, as we move beyond myths and stereotypes that have influenced our perceptions of Cromwell himself over the centuries.

Dr. Lauren Mackay is an Early Modern historian, author, lecturer, and historical consultant. Her books include "Among The Wolves of Court," "The Wolf Hall Companion," and "Inside the Tudor Court." Her fourth book, "Thunder Through the Realms: Five Kingdoms and the shaping of Early Modern Europe" is due out late 2022 with Bloomsbury Publishing. Lauren has appeared as an expert for several historical documentaries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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