Thomas Cromwell

1485 - 1540

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Thomas Cromwell (; c. 1485 – 28 July 1540), briefly Earl of Essex, was an English statesman and lawyer who served as chief minister to King Henry VIII from 1534 to 1540, when he was beheaded on orders of the king, who later blamed false charges for the execution. Cromwell was one of the most powerful proponents of the English Reformation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Cromwell has received more than 9,109,895 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Thomas Cromwell is the 8th most popular public worker (down from 7th in 2019), the 391st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 364th in 2019) and the most popular British Public Worker.

Thomas Cromwell is most famous for his role in the English Reformation. He convinced King Henry VIII to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and then helped Henry to marry Anne Boleyn. He was also instrumental in the dissolution of the monasteries.

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Among public workers, Thomas Cromwell ranks 8 out of 15Before him are Emperor Taishō, Alois Hitler, Joseph Fouché, Mikhail Kalinin, Gaius Maecenas, and Demetrius of Phalerum. After him are Ali Hassan al-Majid, Robert Walpole, Markus Wolf, John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, Pascal Lamy, and Susan Dougan.

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Among people born in 1485, Thomas Cromwell ranks 4Before him are Hernán Cortés, Catherine of Aragon, and Dragut. After him are Giovanni da Verrazzano, Sebastiano del Piombo, Pedro de Alvarado, Clément Janequin, Joos van Cleve, Sayyida al Hurra, Johannes Bugenhagen, and Balthasar Hubmaier. Among people deceased in 1540, Thomas Cromwell ranks 3Before him are John Zápolya, and Parmigianino. After him are Angela Merici, Rosso Fiorentino, Francesco Guicciardini, Juan Luis Vives, Tristão da Cunha, Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, Guillaume Budé, Joos van Cleve, and Tomé Pires.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Cromwell ranks 391 out of 8,785Before him are John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Angus Young (1955), Sweyn II of Denmark (1020), Robert Burns (1759), Henry Hallett Dale (1875), and Lemmy (1945). After him are Oswald Mosley (1896), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), George Eliot (1819), Ian Holm (1931), Mary Read (1695), and Gordon Banks (1937).

Among PUBLIC WORKERS In United Kingdom

Among public workers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Cromwell ranks 1After him are Robert Walpole (1676), and John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713).