Reviews

  • Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch is one of finest historians in the English-speaking world and preeminent in the area of the English Reformation. He has combined his expertise in 16th-century history with a compelling literary style in his latest book ... the definitive work on Henry VIII's great minister and an extraordinary insight into the politics and religion of the age, and of any age for that matter. Thomas Cromwell's somewhat dark reputation was given a new and bright shine by Hilary Mantel in the Wolf Hall trilogy and this life takes us from the fictional into the authentic; its triumph is that it is just as thrilling and equally stimulating and challenging. A profoundly important book.

    Rev. Michael Coren, Spectator
  • Meticulous and magisterial ... If this is not the definitive biography, I don't know what that would look like

    Peter Marshall, Literary Review
  • Triumphant and definitive ... a masterpiece of documentary detective-work, which buzzes with the excitement of a great historian immersed in archives

    Dan Jones, Sunday Times
  • A model of classical historical biography at its finest

    Rowan Williams, New Statesman
  • The definitive biography ... exhaustively researched and superbly written

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times (Books of the Year)
  • The Tudor minister brought to fictional life in Wolf Hall is given a definitive scholarly treatment in this long-awaited, masterful, wry biography

    Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year)

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