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The Rise of Thomas CromwellPower and Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII, 1485-1534$
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Michael Everett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207422

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207422.001.0001

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Cromwell and the English Church

Cromwell and the English Church

(p.99) Chapter Four Cromwell and the English Church
The Rise of Thomas Cromwell

Michael Everett

Yale University Press

This chapter explores Thomas Cromwell's responsibilities involving the day-to-day operations of the English Church, such as administration, finance and monastic appointments. It presents a glimpse into how the Crown controlled the Church from the beginning of the Reformation, stating how English kings exerted considerable practical direction over the Church. It illustrates Cromwell's religious convictions, his promotion and protection of religious radicals, and how he developed a sort of mastery over ecclesiastical affairs, leading to his appointment as vicegerent in spirituals in 1535. There was insufficient proof of Cromwell being a religious reformer, yet he believed that certain elements of the Church were corrupt and in need of reform.

Keywords:   medieval English Church, monarchical church, Thomas Cromwell, Reformation, ecclesiastical affairs, religious reformers

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