Portrait of Thomas Cromwell. Cromwell is the main character in Hillary Mantel's novels "Wolf Hall" (which won the coveted Booker prize) and "Bring Up the Bodies", both of which are great reads about the intrigues at the court of Henry VIII.
Cromwell was a party animal who loved to entertain and gamble
Thomas Cromwell, Chancellor to Henry VIII and his chief minister was executed July He was beheaded on Tower Hill for promoting the king's failed marriage to Anne of Cleves. Henry also married Catherine Howard, his fifth wife, on the same day.