What price to you pay for being the advisor to the king? For Thomas Cromwell it was his head. Cromwell was a true leader in the Protestant reformation in England and was they chief advisor to King Henry VIII. While Henry didn’t really care about being Protestant as much as he cared about controlling the Church of England, Cromwell on the other hand was all about the Reformation. Cromwell fell out of favor with Henry when he refused to accept Henry’s desire to divorce wife #4 Anne of Cleaves. Cromwell was executed on July 28, 1540 for betraying the crown.