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Thomas Wriothesley, 1st Earl of Southampton was born #onthisday 21st December 1505 A.D. on the 30th July 1550 A.D. he died. He was an English secretary of state, peer, even a lord chancellor and lord high admiral.

Thomas was naturally skilled, but unethical at times, and temperamental towards politicians who supported changes, at one time he even, personally, tortured Anne Askew. He was a servant to King Henry VIII until the end, even in the latter breaks with the Catholic church. For his efforts Thomas was rewarded with royal gains from the Dissolution of the Monasteries, nevertheless, he prosecuted Calvinist and other dissidents of the Protestants, when political winds changed in the day.