At the beginning of 1539 Thomas Cromwell could look back on the decade since the fall of Wolsey with some satisfaction. By 1534 he had become secretary to the King and had ousted his opponents from the council. During the next two years he became Vicegerent in Spirituals and Lord Privy Seal. Generally his policies had prospered. The strongest gesture against them, the Pilgrimage of Grace had been suppressed. Yet Cromwell was aware that he could not afford to drop his guard. He had taken great risks and he warned his servants of the ever present threat, posed by his enemies in the church and amongst the nobility.1
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