Thomas Cromwell: the best Italian in all England

Diarmaid MacCulloch reveals how the Tudor statesman's love of Italian culture transformed his political fortunes – and changed the course of England's Protestant Reformation

In c1500, the young Thomas Cromwell travelled from his humble Putney home to the great cities of Italy, as shown in our illustration. The connections he established on the Italian peninsula would prove key to his meteoric rise to power back in England. (Illustration by Sarah Young for BBC History Magazine)

This article was first published in the November 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

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