Cromwell's Fall and
The xviii. daie of April, at Westminster was Thomas lorde Cromewell, created Erle of Essex, and made greate Chamberlain of England, whiche ever the Erles of Oxenford had, whiche promocions he enjoyed short tyme, as after . . . male appere. . . .
The xix. day of July, Thomas lorde Cromewel, late made erle of Essex, as before you have hard, beyng in the counsail chamber, was sodainly apprehended, and committed to the tower of London, the whiche many lamented, but mo rejoysed. . . . And the xxviii. daie of July was brought to the skaffold on the tower hill.
The juxtaposition of these quotations from Hall's Chronicle1 brings out the sudden reversal of fortune which was liable to overtake the great in Tudor times and which the Elizabethans used to point a moral and adorn a tale. But Cromwell himself knew that his fall was imminent and he seems to have warned his friends, including Wyatt, of the danger. The failure of his foreign policy, the King's dislike of Anne of Cleves as a bedfellow, Cromwell's ill-judged advice to Anne, the bitter opposition of the Duke of Norfolk and others, the enemies Cromwell had made by his, or Henry's religious policy, all combined to bring about his downfall.2
Wyatt was present at the execution of his friend and patron.3____________________