Wolsey's fall from power

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  • Wolsey's fall from power
    • The Boleyn Family
      • argued that Wolsey was deliberately trying to disrupt the divorce proceedings
      • said he favoured Catherine
      • Anne began to hate Wolsey
      • Many other nobles sided with them because they had grudges against Wolsey
      • 1529 - she managed to persuade Henry
    • Failure to achieve the annulment
      • Catherine of Aragon had support from John Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester.
      • Cardinal Campeggio would hear the case in England.
      • The Bible had evidence for why Henry and Catherine's marriage was wrong.
    • Failure of the Amicable Grant
      • Wolsey looked for new ways to direct funds.
      • He wanted to impose a new direct tax
        • Wolsey was humiliated and accepted complete responsibilty
      • no further taxation was attempted by Wolsey again
    • Failure to deal with Enclosures
      • angry land owners in parliament forced Wolsey to call a halt to any further investigations into enclosed land
    • Failure to improve the Justice System
      • Wolsey could not improve the Justice System, as even though he tried, people still criticised him and believed his main intention was to get revenge on the upper class.
    • Failure of a French Alliance
      • August 1529, Francis and Charles made peace but Wolsey was only informed of the peace meeting last minute, so England was no longer being treated as an equal by either France or the Hasburg Empire
    • Failure of an alliance with Charles V
      • Charles had no intention of expanding Henry's power
      • Charles did not view England as an ally or an equal
      • Charles deserted Henry in 1523
    • Wolsey's Personality
      • Wolsey was known for being arrogant and ruthless meaning that nobles did not get along with him
    • Failure to get Henry's Court on his side
      • He came from a lower background so others did not approve of him


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