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  • Wolsey
    • Lord Chancellor in 1515.
    • Cardinal in 1515.
    • In his final hours, he believed he had served Henry more so than God.
    • Wolsey was able to rise to power under Henry VIII due to luck and skill.
      • Skill: Wolsey was able to rise to power under skill because he was very efficient when it came to sorting out all of Henry's needs, policies and requirements.
        • Wolsey was very clever and had experience in dealing with royal tasks and policies. He was a big help to young Henry and steered him in the right direction.
      • Luck: Wolsey had been in the right place at the right time very much so and when Henry became tired of the old, boring counsellors, he was fortunate that Henry wanted him.
        • When Wolsey carried out tasks Henry did not want to do or had no experience in, Wolsey became very useful.
    • How did Wolsey maintain power in the period 1515 - 1529?
      • Political power
      • Wealth
      • Ruthlessness
    • Important events involving Wolsey.
      • Amicable Grant.
        • Wolsey's attempts to raise a tax in 1525 was to raise funds for the war.
      • Creation of the Star Chamber
        • This was a royal law court that could be used by the King's subjects to get justice. Wolsey did use this as a form of revenge for anyone who was mean to him - for example, Paulet,
    • Why was Wolsey unable to solve the King's divorce crisis between 1526 - 1529?
      • Wolsey was faithful to Henry but once he had failed to establish a court where he could get the divorce when Pope Clement was under siege.
        • Eventually, after Wolsey tried to get the Pope on side for the divorce, the Pope sent Campeggio to oversee a hearing in court as to why there should be an annulment.
          • In the end, due to the support people had for Catherine and the Pope, Wolsey just couldn't get a divorce or annulment for Henry.
    • How far did Wolsey achieve his aims of foreign policy over the years 1514- 1529?
      • He had a very good strategy and aimed to get Henry power over the entire empire.
      • Strengths of Wolsey's foreign policy.
        • Treaty of London 1518.
          • A settlement of universal peace with England at the centre of diplomatic affairs.
        • The Battle of Flodden.
          • England  beat the Scoits so it was a strength.
        • Field of Cloth of Gold 1520.
          • Henry spent 2 and a half weeks with Francis. It gained Henry an ally for 3 weeks.
      • Weaknesses of Wolsey's foreign policy.
        • The Great Matter
        • The Amicable Grant.
        • Treaty of Bruges
  • Skill: Wolsey was able to rise to power under skill because he was very efficient when it came to sorting out all of Henry's needs, policies and requirements.
    • Wolsey was very clever and had experience in dealing with royal tasks and policies. He was a big help to young Henry and steered him in the right direction.

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