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Do you agree with the view that Wolsey's fall from power was mainly the result of
Anne Boleyn's hostility towards him?
By Jessica Potter
I agree with the view that Wolsey's fall from power was mainly the result of Anne's hostility
towards him. This is because of many things that happened during the time period such as
his failure to get an annulment for Henry VIII.
Source 4 also agrees with this view. Source 4 is basically at the point where Anne Boleyn
told Wolsey to forget it and stop trying to get them an annulment because he obviously
was getting nowhere and it wasn't working. Source 4 says, "...caused me so much
sorrow...". This shows that Anne Boleyn has had enough because it is saying that Wolsey
has caused her so much sorrow and she doesn't want it anymore. Source 4 also says,
"...betrayed by a man...". This shows that Anne feels like she has been betrayed by Wolsey
because he said he was going to do something for her therefore she trusted him and he has
let her down and she feels betrayed. In terms of reliability source 4 is very reliable. This is
because it is a personal letter between Anne and Wolsey. This means that there is no
audience for anyone to act in front of or exaggerate to, it will all be truth.
Source 5 also agrees with the view that Wolsey's fall from power was mainly the result of
Anne Boleyn's hostility towards him. This is because Anne wouldn't promise to speak to the
King for him. The source says, "...not promise to speak to the king for you...". However she
isn't directly saying she won't speak to the king, she is saying that she isn't making any
promises that she will. However the source also disagrees with the statement to. This is
because it isn't only Anne, no one would dare talk to the king for Wolsey. Source 5 says,
"None dares speak to the king on your behalf for a fear of Madame Anne's displeasure." This
shows how much influence Anne had on not only Henry but everyone as now no one will
dare speak to the King for Wolsey in the fear of Anne. Source five is a very reliable source as
again it is personal letters and again the is no audience to act infront of and its coming
directly from them.
Source 6 disagrees with the fact that Wolsey's fall from power was mainly the result of Anne
Boleyn's hostility towards. This source is making it seem like it was Henry's decision with no
influence of a Anne. This is because source 6 says, "Henry had lost faith in his former
servant." This is showing that it was Henry who just lost faith in him after he had achieved
what Henry had been wanting which was an annulment and also Wolsey caused the collapse
of Henry's anti-Habsburg strategy. These are what Henry described as, "His two great
failures...". However source 6 isn't as reliable as the other sources. This is because the
other sources were personal letters whereas this source is from a book published in 2001.
Personally I do agree with the statement that Wolsey's fall from power was mainly the
result of Anne Boleyn's hostility towards him. This is because Anne had such a great and
powerful influence over so many people.