When Cromwell entered the ruling circle about the King early in 1531, the two matters which occupied Henry’s deepest personal and political feelings were the annulment of his marriage and the significance of his imperial crown. They were central to the King’s confidence in himself, in his dynasty and in his Kingship. To have any hope of winning a full measure of royal favour it was necessary for an ambitious servant of the Crown to play a decisive role in satisfying the King’s wishes in these matters. As a new councillor, Cromwell was striving to make a place for himself and he was aware that his advice on these vital issues would make or break him.
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