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Almoner to
Henry VIII 1510, registrar
of the Order of
the Garter
1509, Dean of
1513, Dean
Lincoln and
of York Secular Posts 1515, Lord

1524, Papal
1514, Bishop
Legate for
of Lincoln
Life He
Was a keen
befriended Won patronage
and diligent
Henry of important

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Could prevent Transferred court
spread of heresy or cases from one Became the
reform churches system to the other head of Law
and Order
(2nd to King)

Created a 10% Nothing in
Inheritance tax (in Clerical practice could Methods Reversing
practice) Power limit his powers the outcome
of cases


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Less than half Size of a
from posts he Gentry's annual
held income

Income &
Fees from How
Never On having a
Saved good time
Lavish furnishings,
preparations &
Wolsey (Christ displays
Richest man in York
Church) Place
England (in terms of College, Oxford

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"Wolsey only enjoyed independent decision making when Wolsey had Ultimate
"Wolsey carried on all the business at Wolsey was completely
Henry was prepared to let him do so ... Or for short power in the Church but
his own will as no one was of more dependant on the good…

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Henry found someone to do the day to day
Until 1520s Wolsey (Christ
"Pride, running of the country so he could enjoy
received Church)
covetousness and himself
considerable College, Oxford
degree of latitude Recognised that in order to
have an excellent man of
business [Wolsey] he would
"Despotic Hampton…

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However; Henry Henry had slowly been
still not convinced that his long-
convinced of time leading servant
Wolsey's must suffer the only
faithlessness fitting end to his period
of domination ­ death.
Killed Wolsey
when he failed Henry needed
to annul his annulment to
marriage continue Tudor
Dynasty ­ a…

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E.g. Duke of
Buckingham ­ In
Henry's and Wolsey's Reasserted
disfavour themselves after the Nobility supported
death of Henry VII Henry's War Policy
Wolsey was
resented because
There seems to have been he was the son of
no intention on Wolsey's Suggested the a butcher's son.
part to destroy the…

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Westminster Wolsey centralised Chamber and Privy
Infiltrated his own 1518, Wolsey
local government Chamber important
man, Richard Pace concerned with
with success parts of the royal
Local officials Henry's young
favourites household
responded quickly
& efficiently to The royal court was
royal introductions still very much the
centre of power…

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Dealt with rooting out Increased public Wolsey's legal reforms
fed the resentment Increased it's
perjury, contempt in respect but made
against him especially workload
court and intimidation enemies within the
of juries nobility with the nobility

Wolsey asked publically
for cases to be brought
1516, Earl of
before him, promising…

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Reclaimed the crown lands.
Had Little effect of Finances
1515, Act of
"Wolsey's greatest
weakness lay in the realm of Subsidy, this was a Brought in 300,000 aiding
finance" [G R Elton] flexible income based on Henry VIII's desire to build
valuations of tax payers extravagant buildings and


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