Born: 1485 AD
Died: 1540 AD, at 55 years of age.
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.
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