Born to a scoundrel father in the lowly back streets of London, Cromwell, a man of many talents quickly rose to favour at Henry’s court. The ambitious Cromwell dismantled the English Catholic church, and with a reformist zeal was largely responsible for the dissolution of England’s monasteries. Yet despite his loyalty to the king he was ultimately executed at the Tower of London for treason. How did this faithful servant shape the protestant England we know today? And what of his fall from grace?
Tracy Borman, writer, historian and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces. Past ventures have seen her work for the Heritage Lottery Fund, The National Archives and English Heritage. She is also a public broadcaster with a host of regular radio appearances and she often contributes to history publications, most notably BBC History. In addition, Tracy has also published numerous books, including Thomas Cromwell: the hidden story of Henry VIII's most faithful servant, and her most recent being The Private Lives of the Tudors.
This is part of our season of evening talks at Hampton Court Palace on finding favour at court. The Tudor royal court entertained a vast community of people who provided the engine of the monarchy. From mistresses to politicians and servant to nobleman, who held the positions of power? Join us this autumn as we explore how courtiers moved up and down the Tudor court hierarchy in a dangerous game of snakes and ladders. Did they succeed or fail?