The Life and Times of Thomas Cromwell: Brutish Thug or Sophisticated Courtier?


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In this month's episode, Sarah is in discussion with the author, Carol McGrath, exploring the complex and fascinating man who rose from the backwaters of Putney to become one of the most powerful men in England in the 1530s: Thomas Cromwell. Carol is the author of 'Mistress Cromwell', a novel which explores Cromwell's early years through the eyes of his wife, Elizabeth.

She brings her knowledge of the man and the events that shaped him - and others whose lives he touched - into this lively discussion which covers Cromwell's origins in Putney through to his downfall at the hands of his enemies in 1540. Was he just a brutish thug or a sophisticated courtier of the day - you decide! If you'd like to know more about Carol and her books, follow this link to her website.

There is a blog which compliments this podcast, exploring in more detail Cromwell's London home at Austin Friars. If you wish to read this blog and see what the Cromwell's city-house looked like, follow this link.

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Presenter: Sarah Morris

Music by Jon Sayles

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