The Augmentation of the King’S Revenues

  • B. W. Beckingsale


It was generally believed that Thomas Cromwell had won royal favour by a promise to make the King rich. It was a belief that reflected his preoccupation with and his achievements in royal finance. With his training by the Frescobaldi and his experience in commerce and money-lending he was not a man to underrate the importance of finance. His speech for the Commons in 1523 set the proposed war in its economic context. Soon after becoming a councillor, he put amongst his papers an advice on taxation. In 1534 he was said to have boasted that he would make Henry the richest prince in Christendom. In a letter to the King from the Tower in 1540, reviewing his services, he put first his intention and effort to enrich the King.1 His remembrances showed him supervising all aspects of finance. He made his mark on government finance both in the provision of resources and in administration.


Government Finance Household Finance Financial Administration Spending Policy Feudal Lord 
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