1485 – Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex, was an English statesman born in Putney, England.
1512 – He was employed by the powerful Florentine merchant banker family, the Frescobaldis, in cloth dealing at Syngsson’s Mart in Middelburg in the Netherlands.
1519 – Married a clothier’s daughter, Elizabeth Wyckes.
1523 – After studying law, he became a Member of the English Parliament.
1524 – He was appointed at Gray’s Inn.
1525 – He helped Wolsey dissolve thirty monasteries in order to raise funds for Wolsey’s grammar school in Ipswich and the Cardinal’s College, Oxford.
1529 – Henry summoned a Parliament (later known as the Reformation Parliament) in order to obtain a divorce from Catherine of Aragon.
1531 – He was appointed a royal counsellor for parliamentary business.
1532 – Became Henry’s chief minister not through any formal office but by gaining the King’s confidence.
1535 – Henry appointed him as his last Vicegerent in Spirituals.
1535 – 1536 – He presided over the Dissolution of the Monasteries, which began with his visitation of the monasteries and abbeys.
1540 – He was created Earl of Essex on the 18th of April.
– Died on the 28th of July in London, England.