- Dec 2019
- Los Angeles
I've read some estimates that Thomas Cromwell destroyed about 97% of all writing and art then in existence in England. If that's true, or if anywhere near that percentage, that's HUGE and there's a good possibility our current knowledge of English history is completely wrong. As in, "entire kingdoms and monarchs missing from the picture" wrong. I'm wondering why this isn't talked about much, and how much less dark the dark ages would be if not for him; during his lifetime the 500-1000 AD dark ages weren't that far removed, how much of the things he destroyed were made during that time? Unless the estimate is completely exaggerated, any mention of England before the 1500s should mention how much Cromwell's actions limit our vision of the time period in question.