Henry was no doubt feared as a tyrant by those who knew him and by those who swore allegiance to him

Henry was no doubt feared as a tyrant by those who knew him and by those who swore allegiance to him

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Henry was no doubt feared as a tyrant by those who knew him and by those who swore  allegiance to him from afar as their king. The royal household was full of intrigue and  fear. One statement uttered that could have been construed as an affront to the king's  person could mean the end of a career, and courting the king's wrath–as Cromwell did  when he brought Anne of Cleves to England–could mean the end of one's life. Cromwell  was not even allowed to stand trial in his own defense, but instead had his fate sealed in  Parliament with a Bill of Attainder. It is ironic that Cromwell–who had been so important  to Henry in the years of the break with Rome and who had been instrumental in the  executions of men such as Sir Thomas More–was hurried away to his own execution by  the same powers he had helped to strengthen. Through all of these unfortunate events, Henry himself remained convinced of his 
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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