“How far do you agree that Cromwell created a ‘revolution in Tudor government’ from 1536-1553?”
Cromwell’s skill and status allowed him to play a crucial role in directing the reformation and other areas of government, ultimately leading to the creation of a ‘revolution in tudor government’. Elton believes that Cromwell was the mastermind of the revolution, though others, such as J.J. Scarisbrick, believe that many overestimate Cromwell whilst underestimating Henry, believing that Henry was the initiator, even if it was Cromwell who carried out his ideas. This shows that even if Cromwell was not fully responsible for the ‘revolution’ in Tudor government, he most certainly played a large role in sculpting it.
Religious reforms were key in establishing a new form of government, and therefore, to a large extent it would be suggested that Cromwell was instrumental in creating a revolution. By 1536 the Royal Supremacy in church and state was established and widely accepted, allowing Henry to exert his power more thoroughly, and ultimately creating a revolutions the king could take full control of the kingdom. Although Cranmer took the lead in theological debates, it was in fact Cromwell who shaped the new church. In 1536 Cromwell was appointed Vicegerent in Spiritual, and along with introducing his Protestant ideas, which further undermined the respect for the papacy and helped to justify the break with Rome. Cromwell’s careful follow-on of events, such as the valor ecclesiasticus and, ultimately, the break with Rome,was vital in the construction of Henry as the centre of both Church and Country, ultimately showing that Cromwell was more than significant in creating a revolution in the way of Tudor government.
Administrative changes also played a role in the creation of the new government, and Cromwell was the man behind many of these, seeking to reform and develop a more effective administration of royal affairs. The traditional courts of chancery and the...
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