Thomas Cromwell : Machiavellian statecraft and the English Reformation / J. Patrick Coby.

By: Coby, Patrick, 1948-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, c2009Description: xi, 229 p. : maps ; 23 cmISBN: 9780739134030 (cloth : alk. paper); 0739134035 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780739134047 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0739134043 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780739134054 (e-book); 0739134051 (e-book)Subject(s): Cromwell, Thomas, Earl of Essex, 1485?-1540 | Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547 -- Biography | Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1509-1547 -- Biography | England -- Church history -- 16th century | Cabinet officers -- Great Britain -- Biography | Statesmen -- Great Britain -- Biography | Reformation -- England | Machiavelli, Niccolò, 1469-1527 -- InfluenceDDC classification: 942.05/2092 LOC classification: DA334.C9 | C63 2009
Contents:
Introduction : Thomas Cromwell and the sixteenth century -- Sources : Marsilius and Machiavelli -- The pre-ministerial years -- Henrician England -- To Parliament and the court -- The Reformation Parliament -- The fall of Anne Boleyn -- Rebellion -- Henrician protestantism and the return to orthodoxy -- Matrimonial diplomacy -- The fall of Thomas Cromwell -- Conclusion : Cromwell, the man and the record.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-220) and index.

Introduction : Thomas Cromwell and the sixteenth century -- Sources : Marsilius and Machiavelli -- The pre-ministerial years -- Henrician England -- To Parliament and the court -- The Reformation Parliament -- The fall of Anne Boleyn -- Rebellion -- Henrician protestantism and the return to orthodoxy -- Matrimonial diplomacy -- The fall of Thomas Cromwell -- Conclusion : Cromwell, the man and the record.

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Coby (government, Smith College) provides a short biography of Thomas Cromwell intended to serve as a college textbook. The narrative of the life of Henry VIII's architect of reform embraces G. R. Elton's view that Cromwell was instrumental in implementing the English Reformation and shaping the modern English state. Despite the difficulties of tracing the interaction of ideas and concrete policy, Coby argues that Cromwell was inspired by secular ideals epitomized in the writing of Niccolo Machiavelli in The Prince and The Discourses on Livy. The author points to several instances of actions taken by Cromwell that conformed to measures advocated by Machiavelli. However, Coby does not attempt to prove the Tudor minister owed his policies to Machiavellian philosophy, nor is he able to completely establish that Cromwell even read the Italian's works. The book's most interesting and original portion is chapter two, where Coby discusses and relates to 16th-century criticisms of the church's role not only the ideas of Machiavelli, but also those of Marsilius of Padua. This well-organized introductory work should be compared to A. G. Dickens's Thomas Cromwell and the English Reformation (1959). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower–division undergraduates. J. Berlatsky Wilkes University

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J. Patrick Coby is chair of the Department of Government at Smith College.

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