Thomas Cromwell, 1. Earl of Essex (* um in Putney, London; † Juli in London) war ein englischer Staatsmann unter Heinrich VIII. und der. Thomas Cromwell wurde um als Sohn eines Schmiedes und Brauers geboren und starb als einer der höchsten Staatsmänner Englands. Wie es. "Sieh meinen Sohn Thomas böse an, und er sticht dir ein Auge aus. Stell ihm ein Bein, und er schneidet es dir ab", sagt sein Vater über den jungen Cromwell.
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Thomas Cromwell, 1. Earl of Essex war ein englischer Staatsmann unter Heinrich VIII. und der Konstrukteur der Henry’schen Reformation in England. Die Institutionen des englischen Staates wurden durch die Verwaltungsreformen Cromwells modernisiert. Thomas Cromwell, 1. Earl of Essex (* um in Putney, London; † Juli in London) war ein englischer Staatsmann unter Heinrich VIII. und der. bei seinen Frauenproblemen half, stieg Thomas Cromwell in höchste Ämter Englands auf. Ausgerechnet ein Porträt von Heinrichs vierter Gattin. Hilary Mantel schließt mit „Spiegel und Licht“ ihre furiose Trilogie über Thomas Cromwell ab – und betreibt damit endgültig seine. Thomas Cromwell, Anwalt und Minister Heinrichs VIII., rückte durch die Serie "Wölfe" zum ersten Mal ins Licht der geschichtsinteressierten Öffentlichkeit. Der englische König Heinrich VIII. ließ Frauen köpfen, aber er traf keine Entscheidung ohne seinen engsten Berater Thomas Cromwell. Im Mittelpunkt stehen die letzten Lebensjahre des Thomas Cromwell, sein Machtverlust und seine Hinrichtung im Jahr Bevor näher auf.
bei seinen Frauenproblemen half, stieg Thomas Cromwell in höchste Ämter Englands auf. Ausgerechnet ein Porträt von Heinrichs vierter Gattin. Thomas Cromwell, Anwalt und Minister Heinrichs VIII., rückte durch die Serie "Wölfe" zum ersten Mal ins Licht der geschichtsinteressierten Öffentlichkeit. Die Scheidungsabsichten des Königs schaffen ein Machtvakuum, in das Thomas Cromwell tritt: Die Werkzeuge dieses politischen Genies sind Bestechung. “ Diese Worte begleiten Thomas Cromwell sein Leben lang. Es ist, wie Hilary Mantel dem Publikum in der Londoner Royal Festival Hall am Tag. Die Scheidungsabsichten des Königs schaffen ein Machtvakuum, in das Thomas Cromwell tritt: Die Werkzeuge dieses politischen Genies sind Bestechung. "Sieh meinen Sohn Thomas böse an, und er sticht dir ein Auge aus. Stell ihm ein Bein, und er schneidet es dir ab", sagt sein Vater über den jungen Cromwell. Thomas Cromwell wurde um als Sohn eines Schmiedes und Brauers geboren und starb als einer der höchsten Staatsmänner Englands. Wie es. oliver cromwell.
Thomas Cromwell - BeitragsnavigationAutor: Dr. Ein Mitarbeiter von ihm war von bis Thomas Parry , der in seinem Auftrag verschiedene politische und andere Angelegenheiten regelte.
Had Henry not had sexual problems it would have succeeded. The political situation changed during the marriage and Henry invented his reasons for the annulment.
Cromwell was conveniently blamed. I think he did a lot of bad things in his life, but mostly because he was serving Henry Viii.
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May 3, at pm. Rose Esparza says:. Contemporary accounts describe an illness that began with a general feeling that something was not right, a strange premonition of oncoming horror, followed by the onset of violent headaches, flu-like shivers and aching limbs.
This was succeeded by a raging fever complicated by pulse irregularities and cardiac palpitations.
Death often simply seemed to occur due to dehydration and exhaustion. As one commentator said: "A newe Kynde of sickness came through the whole region, which was so sore, so peynfull, and sharp, that the lyke was never harde of to any mannes rememberance before that tyme.
The sweating sickness first appeared around the time that Cromwell was born, at the end of the Wars of the Roses.
By the time it disappeared in , it had caused five devastating outbreaks. To observers on the other side of the Channel, whose countries had apparently remained miraculously untouched, it was Sudor Anglicus, or the "English Sweat".
Norwich-born and Cambridge-educated John Kays had spent his early medical career travelling extensively on the continent, returning around the end of the reign of Henry VIII with a fashionably Latinised moniker, Dr Johannus Caius.
The sweating sickness panic during the outbreak of gave him the ideal opportunity to make his name. The fact that the wealthy seemed to be more frequently affected also gave him the opportunity to make money.
To the rest of us, Caius left his classic description of the disease: Account of the Sweating Sickness in England, first published in Suggestions have been made over the years that it was influenza, scarlet fever, anthrax, typhus or some Sars-like pulmonary enterovirus.
Then in , an outbreak of a remarkably similar syndrome occurred among the Navajo people in New Mexico. This episode, known as the Four Corners outbreak after the region of south-western USA in which it was located, turned the attention of sweating sickness investigators towards its cause, the Sin Nombre virus, a member of a group of viruses mostly known for causing kidney failure syndrome, and a cousin of several tropical fever viruses transmitted by biting insects.
The new disease was given the name hantavirus pulmonary syndrome HPS. Large households in Tudor London and the regional cities of England needed a large staff, and large numbers of people need large kitchens full of large deposits of grain and other foodstuffs.
Shortly after the people moved in, the rats and mice followed. The Four Corners outbreak was due to the presence of the Sin Nombre virus within the droppings of deer mice living in the vicinity of the Navajo dwellings.
Disturbed when brooms passed over them to sweep them away, they created an environmental airborne infection.
Similarly, Tudor housekeepers, fastidiously brushing rodent droppings away, may have released a cloud of hantavirus-loaded dust that triggered the sweating sickness across England.
Sweating sickness had disappeared by late Elizabethan times. Its reign of terror barely lasted a century. If, indeed, it was an ancient variant of HPS, we can perhaps speculate about what led to its demise.
At some point during the closing weeks of , the King appointed him to the Privy Council. At the centre of the campaign to secure the annulment was the emerging doctrine of royal supremacy over the church.
By the autumn of , Cromwell had taken control of the supervision of the king's legal and parliamentary affairs, working closely with Thomas Audley , and had joined the inner circle of the Council.
By the following spring, he had begun to exert influence over elections to the House of Commons. The third session of what is now known as the Reformation Parliament had been scheduled for October , but was postponed until 15 January because of government indecision as to the best way to proceed.
Cromwell now favoured the assertion of royal supremacy, and manipulated the Commons by resurrecting anti-clerical grievances expressed earlier in the session of On 18 March , the Commons delivered a supplication to the king, denouncing clerical abuses and the power of the ecclesiastical courts, and describing Henry as "the only head, sovereign lord, protector and defender" of the Church.
The clergy capitulated when faced with the threat of parliamentary reprisal. On 14 May , Parliament was prorogued. Two days later, Sir Thomas More resigned as Lord Chancellor , realising that the battle to save the marriage was lost.
More's resignation from the Council represented a triumph for Cromwell and the pro-Reformation faction at court. The king's gratitude to Cromwell was expressed in a grant of the lordship of the manor of Romney in the Welsh Marches recently confiscated from the family of the executed Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and appointment to three relatively minor offices: Master of the Jewels on 14 April , Clerk of the Hanaper on 16 July, and Chancellor of the Exchequer on 12 April Henry and Anne married on 25 January , after a secret marriage on 14 November that historians believe took place in Calais.
On 23 May , newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer declared Henry and Catherine's marriage null and void; five days later, he declared Henry and Anne's marriage valid.
Cromwell further increased his control over parliament through his management of by-elections: since the previous summer, assisted by Thomas Wriothesley , then Clerk of the Signet , he had prepared a list of suitably amenable "burgesses, knights and citizens" for the vacant parliamentary seats.
The parliamentary session began on 4 February, and Cromwell introduced a new bill restricting the right to make appeals to Rome, reasserting the long-standing historical fiction that England was an "empire" and thus not subject to external jurisdiction.
In the first week of April , Parliament passed Cromwell's bill into law, as the Act in Restraint of Appeals , ensuring that any adjudication concerning the king's marriage could not be challenged in Rome.
On 11 April, Archbishop Cranmer sent the King formal notice that the validity of his marriage to Catherine was to be the subject of an ecclesiastical court hearing.
The trial began on 10 May at Dunstable Priory near to where Catherine was staying at Ampthill Castle and on 23 May the Archbishop pronounced the court's verdict, declaring the marriage "null and invalid…contrary to the law of God".
Five days later he pronounced the King's marriage to Anne to be lawful, and on 1 June, she was crowned queen.
In December, the King authorised Cromwell to discredit the papacy and the Pope was attacked throughout the nation in sermons and pamphlets. In a new Parliament was summoned, again under Cromwell's supervision, to enact the legislation necessary to make a formal break of England's remaining ties with Rome.
Archbishop Cranmer's verdict took statutory form as the Act of Succession , the Dispensations Act reiterated royal supremacy and the Act for the Submission of the Clergy incorporated into law the clergy's surrender in On 30 March , Audley gave royal assent to the legislation in the presence of the King.
In April , Henry confirmed Cromwell as his principal secretary and chief minister, a position which he had held for some time in all but name.
Before the members of both houses returned home on 30 March, they were required to swear an oath accepting the Act of Succession, and all the King's subjects were now required to swear to the legitimacy of the marriage and, by implication, to accept the King's new powers and the break from Rome.
On 13 April, the London clergy accepted the oath. More was taken into custody on the same day and was moved to the Tower of London on 17 April.
Fisher joined him there four days later. On 7 May Cromwell led a deputation from the commissioners to Fisher and More, to persuade them to accept the Act and save themselves.
This failed and, within a month, both prisoners were executed. On 18 April, an order was issued that all citizens of London were to swear their acceptance of the Oath of Succession.
Similar orders were issued throughout the country. When Parliament reconvened in November, Cromwell brought in the most significant revision of the treason laws since , making it treasonous to speak rebellious words against the Royal Family, to deny their titles, or to call the King a heretic, tyrant, infidel, or usurper.
The Act of Supremacy also clarified the King's position as head of the church and the Act for Payment of First Fruits and Tenths substantially increased clerical taxes.
Cromwell also strengthened his own control over the Church. On 21 January , the King appointed him Royal Vicegerent and Vicar-General, and commissioned him to organise visitations of all the country's churches, monasteries, and clergy.
In this capacity, Cromwell conducted a census in to enable the government to tax church property more effectively. A "lasting achievement" of Cromwell's vicegerency was his direction of Autumn that every parish in the country should securely maintain a record of all christenings, marriages and burials.
Although intended as a means to flush out Anabaptists dissenting religious refugees from the Low Countries and elsewhere who did not practise infant baptism the measure proved to be of great benefit to the posterity of English historians.
The final session of the Reformation Parliament began on 4 February This caused a clash with Anne Boleyn, formerly one of Cromwell's strongest allies, who wanted the proceeds of the dissolution used for educational and charitable purposes, not paid into the King's coffers.
Anne instructed her chaplains to preach against the Vicegerent, and in a blistering sermon on Passion Sunday, 2 April , her almoner , John Skip , denounced Cromwell and his fellow Privy Councillors before the entire court.
Skip's diatribe was intended to persuade courtiers and Privy Councillors to change the advice they had been giving the King and to reject the temptation of personal gain.
Skip was called before the Council and accused of malice, slander, presumption, lack of charity, sedition, treason, disobedience to the gospel, attacking 'the great posts, pillars and columns sustaining and holding up the commonwealth' and inviting anarchy.
Anne, who had many enemies at court, had never been popular with the people and had so far failed to produce a male heir. The King was growing impatient, having become enamoured of the young Jane Seymour and encouraged by Anne's enemies, particularly Sir Nicholas Carew and the Seymours.
In circumstances that have divided historians, Anne was accused of adultery with Mark Smeaton , a musician of the royal household, Sir Henry Norris , the King's groom of the stool and one of his closest friends, Sir Francis Weston , Sir William Brereton and her brother, George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford.
He set himself to devise and conspire the said affair. Regardless of the role Cromwell played in Anne Boleyn's fall , and his confessed animosity to her, Chapuys's letter states that Cromwell claimed that he was acting with the King's authority.
The Queen and her brother stood trial on Monday 15 May, while the four others accused with them were condemned on the Friday beforehand.
The men were executed on 17 May and, on the same day, Cranmer declared Henry's marriage to Anne invalid, a ruling that illegitimised their daughter, Princess Elizabeth.
Two days later, Anne herself was executed. On 30 May, the King married Jane Seymour. On 8 June, a new Parliament passed the second Act of Succession , securing the rights of Queen Jane's heirs to the throne.
Cromwell's position was now stronger than ever. On 8 July , he was raised to the peerage as Baron Cromwell of Wimbledon. Cromwell orchestrated the Dissolution of the Monasteries and visitations to the universities and colleges in , which had strong links to the church.
This resulted in the dispersal and destruction of many books deemed "popish" and "superstitious". This has been described as "easily the greatest single disaster in English literary history".
Oxford University was left without a library collection until Sir Thomas Bodley's donation in In July , the first attempt was made to clarify religious doctrine after the break with Rome.
Bishop Edward Foxe tabled proposals in Convocation, with strong backing from Cromwell and Cranmer, which the King later endorsed as the Ten Articles and which were printed in August Cromwell circulated injunctions for their enforcement that went beyond the Articles themselves, provoking opposition in September and October in Lincolnshire and then throughout the six northern counties.
These widespread popular and clerical uprisings, collectively known as the Pilgrimage of Grace , found support among the gentry and even the nobility.
The rebels' grievances were wide-ranging, but the most significant was the suppression of the monasteries, blamed on the King's "evil counsellors", principally Cromwell and Cranmer.
One of the leaders of the rebellion was Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Darcy , who gave Cromwell the prophetic warning during his interrogation in the Tower: "… men who have been in cases like with their prince as ye be now have come at the last to the same end that ye would now bring me unto.
The suppression of the risings spurred further Reformation measures. In February , Cromwell convened a vicegerential synod of bishops and academics.
The synod was co-ordinated by Cranmer and Foxe, and they prepared a draft document by July: The Institution of a Christian Man , more commonly known as the Bishops' Book.
However, Cromwell's success in Church politics was offset by the fact that his political influence had been weakened by the emergence of a Privy Council , a body of nobles and office-holders that first came together to suppress the Pilgrimage of Grace.
The King confirmed his support of Cromwell by appointing him to the Order of the Garter on 5 August , but Cromwell was nonetheless forced to accept the existence of an executive body dominated by his conservative opponents.
In January , Cromwell pursued an extensive campaign against what the opponents of the old religion termed "idolatry": statues, rood screens , and images were attacked, culminating in September with the dismantling of the shrine of St.
Thomas Becket at Canterbury. Early in September, Cromwell also completed a new set of vicegerential injunctions declaring open war on "pilgrimages, feigned relics or images, or any such superstitions" and commanding that "one book of the whole Bible in English" be set up in every church.
Moreover, following the "voluntary" surrender of the remaining smaller monasteries during the previous year, the larger monasteries were now also "invited" to surrender throughout , a process legitimised in the session of Parliament and completed in the following year.
The King was becoming increasingly unhappy about the extent of religious changes, and the conservative faction was gaining strength at court.
Cromwell took the initiative against his enemies. Sir Geoffrey, "broken in spirit", was pardoned but the others were executed. Then, Cromwell persuaded the King of France to release the unfinished books so that printing could continue in England.
The first edition was finally available in April The publication of the Great Bible was one of Cromwell's principal achievements, being the first authoritative version in English.
The King, however, continued to resist further Reformation measures. A Parliamentary committee was established to examine doctrine, and the Duke of Norfolk presented six questions on 16 May for the House to consider, which were duly passed as the Act of Six Articles shortly before the session ended on 28 June.
The Six Articles reaffirmed a traditional view of the Mass, the Sacraments, and the priesthood. Queen Jane had died in , less than two weeks after the birth of her only child, the future Edward VI.
In early October , the King finally accepted Cromwell's suggestion that he should marry Anne of Cleves , the sister of Duke Wilhelm of Cleves , partly on the basis of a portrait which Hans Holbein had painted of her.
On 27 December, Anne of Cleves arrived at Dover. On New Year's Day , the King met her at Rochester and was immediately repelled by her physically: "I like her not!
The wedding ceremony took place on 6 January at Greenwich, but the marriage was not consummated.
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