Thomas Cromwell - Politics (Privy Council (Transformed the Privy Council…
Thomas Cromwell - Politics
Divested England of Papal influence.
1534 Act of Supremacy made monarch Head of State + Church.
Helped Henry to establish a nation state.
Transformed the Privy Council into extremely efficient body of 20 men.
Each member had different responsibilities + duties.
Provided continuity + stability.
Offered link between reigns.
Decisions put into effect by new bureaucracy.
Transformed from medieval to progressive + modern.
Made govt more formal + structured.
New financial courts
Restricted 'household govt' to reduce oligarchical nature - King's friends ended up in positions of influence.
Contributed with 'Revolution in Govt'.
Regarded as a 'visionary'.
Perhaps more important contribution than any other.