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|Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:23 pm Post subject: Thomas Cromwell Oliver Cromwell, dissolution and civil war
|Have you ever wondered whether the two important Cromwells in British history were related?
Henry VIII's chief minister Thomas Cromwell who administered the takeover and sell-off, or dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s...
and Oliver Cromwell, Puritan, roundhead & general of the parliamentary army in the 1640s English Civil war...
Yes, indeed they were.
Oliver's great-great-grandfather, Morgan Williams, had married Thomas Cromwell's sister Katherine in 1497. Their three sons, Richard, another Richard and Walter, began the practice of calling themselves Cromwell in place of their true surname of Williams, in honour of their famous maternal uncle.
Thomas Cromwell's older sister Katharine and her husband Morgan Williams, a Welsh lawyer, had a son, Richard, who later served in Thomas's household and changed his surname to Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell was Richard's great-grandson.
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