HIS1B - Essay Plan - Wolsey's Rise to Power

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  • Why did Wolsey rise to power?
    • Personal Skills
      • Educated at Oxford - first degree at 15.
      • Eloquent and persuasive
      • Administrative and organisational talents
      • Ability to network
    • Networking and Contacts
      • Sir Richard Nanfan (recommended him to Henry VII)
      • Richard Fox (Wolsey served as his assistant)
    • Church Career
      • Enabled him to reach positions  that led to new opportunities.
    • Relationship with Henry VIII
      • Henry trusted Wolsey with foreign policy and finance whilst he enjoyed the entertainments of the court
      • Impressed Henry with his organisational skills when coordinating the Anglo-French war.


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