Hilary Mantel unveils Thomas Cromwell blue plaque in Putney
Twice Man-Booker award winning author Hilary Mantel has unveiled a blue plaque to Tudor politician Thomas Cromwell.
The plaque, organised by the Putney Society, is located in Brewhouse Lane, Putney and was unveiled by the writer on Friday.
Ben Miles, who plays Thomas Cromwell in a Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Mantel's books, and director Jeremy Herrin were also present.
The Wolf Hall writer gave a talk on Thomas Cromwell, the central figure in her novels, and Putney to a packed audience, before signing books in St Mary's Church, Putney.
A reception was hosted in the Putney Pantry, which also featured on BBC News.
Thomas Cromwell, who was the great-great-great uncle of Oliver Cromwell rose from poverty to establish himself as chief minister to Henry VIII.
He was born in 1485 in the vicinity of Brewhouse Lane.
Mr Cromwell was a strong advocate of the English Reformation, but fell from power after arranging the king's marriage to Anne of Cleves which ended in annulment just six months later.
The minister was executed for treason and hearsy in Tower Hill on July 28, 1540.
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