A blacksmith’s son and secret reformer, Cromwell developed his protestant views whilst travelling Europe as soldier, lawyer and merchant. He started his political career as Cardinal Wolsey’s right hand man. A brilliant negotiator and politician, Cromwell could handle crisis with ease and be ruthless when required. Following Cardinal Wolsey’s downfall, he became the King’s advisor and then trusted member of the council. He quickly became indispensable in the King’s public and private affairs. Not to be confused with Oliver Cromwell who lived 100 years later.