Letters to the Editor - January 2013

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The Other Cromwell

Derek Wilson’s article on Thomas Cromwell (Brewer’s Boy Made Good, December 2012) was both right and timely. Back in the 1960s my history teacher asked: ‘Why was the divorce done by statute? Henry could have done it by decree.’ The question was left unanswered at the time, but later, as a history teacher myself, I pondered it anew. It came to me that Cromwell deliberately increased the importance of Parliament. Henry, like Hitler an idle dilettante, did not mind as long as the job was done. Later again, as a supply teacher, I put the point to a history teacher in the staff room. He replied: ‘Henry’s Parliament was pretty much like Saddam Hussain’s.’

Martin Edwards
Birmingham

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