Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. J. R. Rilling
From the Henrician Reformation to the middle of the twentieth century, Thomas Cromwell, the man who made the Reformation possible by carefully guiding national legislation through Parliament, has been termed a "black legend'' due to his ruthless ability to enact reforms at all costs. The asunder English Church fissioned from international Christendom with the King as supreme head was a price too high for some Englishmen and ineluctably doomed Cromwell's life and memory. However, England emerged from the Reformation a more efficiently organized nation ruled by the King-in-Parliament, and it can not be denied that the great achievements of Henry VIII's reign occurred during the years of Cromwell's ministry 1533 - 1540.
Finley, Stephanie Annette, "Thomas Cromwell : the force behind the Henrician reformation" (1980). Honors Theses. 837.