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Thomas Cromwell was executed in 1540.
Despite how he is portrayed by modern media, Thomas Cromwell was an absolute genius and a brilliant politician. Many people overlook the importance of his role, but it was not Henry VIII who completely reshaped England, it was this man.
Henry had a…
‘Do you believe this to be true?’
‘I believe that is true, yes.’
‘You believe that your husband committed incest with the queen!?’
I mourn Cromwell’s death. Yes, I mourn him! I mourn him, now that I perceive that my counsellors, by light pretext and by false accusations, made me put to death the most faithful servant I ever had. — Henry VIII (via sexy-little-pookie)
Cromwell, you don’t talk to women, do you? I mean, what would be the topic? — The Duke of Norfolk to Thomas Cromwell, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (via fuckyeahhilarymantel)
‘You know young Francis Weston? He that waits on the king? His people are giving out that you’re a Hebrew… Next time you’re at court, take your cock out and put it on the table and see what he says to that.’
‘I do that anyway, if the conversation flags.’ — Hilary Mantel, Bring Up the Bodies (via fuckyeahhilarymantel)
It is wise to conceal the past even if there is nothing to conceal. A man’s power is in the half-light, in the half-seen movements of his hand and the unguessed-at expression of his face. It is the absence of facts that frightens people: the gap you open, into which they pour their fears, fantasies, desires. — Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (via j-banville)