Thomas Cromwell

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Thomas Cromwell:

Cromwell's Influence:

  • Privy Council:
    • He reduced the size of the privy council to 20 members (this made it more efficient as decisions could be made easily)
    • Changed the types of members - less of the tradional nobility and more members of the higher gentry.
    • Introduced a council minute book in which was recorded details of their meetings and their decisions
  • Financial:
    • Re-organised the household financial system - introduced different departments and auditing.
    • The Court of Augmentations and the Court of Fruits and Tenths set up to handle the  money that Henry had acquired from the church.
    • He also set up the Court of Wards
  • Local Government:
    • Council of the West


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