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Wolf Hall: the Dark Side of Thomas Cromwell

The final episode of Wolf Hall showed how Anne Boleyn's execution began Cromwell's downfall

By Sameer Rahim  
Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) prepares for her execution (© BBC/Giles Keyte)

Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) prepares for her execution (© BBC/Giles Keyte)











“Madam, nothing here is personal.” Thomas Cromwell’s words to Anne Boleyn in the last episode of Wolf Hall are chillingly ambiguous. In one sense, he is trying to cynically exculpate himself in advance for framing the Queen for adultery. Yet in another way, he’s right. At this Tudor court, it doesn’t matter how powerful (Cardinal Wolsey) or clever (Thomas…

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