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Thomas Cromwell Audiobook

Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant

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Thomas Cromwell has long been reviled as a Machiavellian schemer who stopped at nothing in his quest for power. As Henry VIII's right-hand man, Cromwell was the architect of the English Reformation, secured Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon and plotted the downfall of Anne Boleyn, and upon his arrest, was accused of trying to usurp the King himself. But here Tracy Borman reveals a different side of one of the most notorious figures in history: that of a caring husband and father, a fiercely loyal servant and friend, and a revolutionary who helped make medieval England into a modern state.

Born in the mid-1480s to a lowly blacksmith, Cromwell left home at 18 to make his fortune abroad. After serving as a mercenary in the French army, working for a powerful merchant banker in Florence at the height of the Renaissance, and spending time as a cloth merchant in the commercial capital of the world, the Netherlands, Cromwell returned to England and built a flourishing legal practice. He soon became the protégé of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and then worked his way into the King's inner circle. As Henry's top aide, Cromwell was at the heart of the most momentous events of his time and wielded immense power over both church and state. His seismic political, religious, and social reforms had an impact that can still be felt today.

Grounded in excellent primary source research, Thomas Cromwell gives an inside look at a monarchy that has captured the Western imagination for centuries, and tells the story of a controversial and enigmatic man who forever changed the shape of his country.

©2014 Tracy Borman. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    horoscopy 02-18-15
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    "narration is very well done & book is quite good"
    Would you listen to Thomas Cromwell again? Why?

    yes, I think it is a great window on the Tudor period


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    not sure on that one


    What does Julian Elfer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    this narrator is about the best one I have heard yet on Audible. I hope he does more in the history section..as that is what I am mostly interested in.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no , but it is quite interesting


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    great narration

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J.T. 07-03-15
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    "Pragmatic and filled with interestng and fact."

    interesting approach to compelling and factual lifestyle traditions of the age. Would have been difficult to capture the man without this complete profile. Will listen again soon and highly suggest to those interested in the history of this fascinating time.

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    Amazon Customer 04-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    "great book"

    Factual and does justice to Cromwell. A man highly complex, amoral at times but deeply concerned for the poor in London and the plight of old widows and advancing the Reform movement in England and profiting off it.

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    Sara Syracuse, NY 01-10-15
    Sara Syracuse, NY 01-10-15 Member Since 2016

    Recent college grad who studied creative writing... now I bum 'round listening to other's works. Not a bad life :)

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    "Meh"

    I purchased this book on preorder so excited was I about its release. However, it is extremely dry. I don't mind that too much but I won't rave about it either. I much prefer someone who discussed the "what ifs" and "speculates" (just a little) about the endless possibilities based on documentation. This enriches the text and requires more than a "history lesson." Borman does neither. What you'll get here is is facts layed one atop the other until the end. If you read Wolf Hall and just want to fact check then this will give you that...but if your looking for something exciting like "The Creation of Anne Boleyn" then keep moving on.

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    JustBill 09-11-16
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    Tudor thugs Henry, Mary, and Elizabeth, have been in hell for 700 years, minus Cromwell.

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    Jonathan R. Zeko San Diego 05-23-16
    Jonathan R. Zeko San Diego 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent biography on Cromwell"

    Thomas Cromwell achieved superlative power while serving Henry VIII. This book is very enjoyable, because in hearing the story, one learns about the daily lives of people nearly 500 years ago. The narration is first class.

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