July 28, 2016

Today in History: Henry VIII beheads Thomas Cromwell (1540)

John RobsonResident Historian

On July 28 of 1540, Henry VIII beheaded yet another former close associate, Thomas Cromwell, his right-hand man in his break with Rome including beheading Thomas More, and later in beheading Anne Boleyn.

It’s a sad reflection on the nature of political ambition that Cromwell either didn’t notice what his boss was like or figured it could never happen to him.

Well, it could and it did.

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commented 2016-07-28 22:50:07 -0400
Great piece and analogy.
commented 2016-07-28 22:19:04 -0400
I enjoyed your class today professor, it seems beheadings are in vogue some 480 years later

Cromwell considered himself so important a spoke in the big wheel of things that he didn’t see it coming
A warning for all you pos s j w’ s out there - your just being used!!!
commented 2016-07-28 18:37:39 -0400
So…does this video suggest that homosexual supporters of muslims or feminist supporters or black supporters might find themselves on the wrong side of the edge?