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THOMAS WOLSEY

1473 Wolsey born in Ipswich
1507 Appointed chaplain to Henry VII
1510 Appointed a royal councilor
1513 Organizes Henry VIII's successful
expedition to France.
1515 Made a Cardinal and Lord Chancellor.
1520 Organizes meeting between Henry
VIII and Francis I at Field of the Cloth
of…

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non-parliamentary tax called the Amicable Grant, targeting both the clergy and laity on a
sliding scale. However, recently there had been forced loans and parliamentary tax, and
the Amicable Grant was met with refusal to pay and rebellion. It was abandoned in May
1525. Wolsey attempted no further…

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Cromwell was a key figure in Henry's government and an important part of the English
Reformation. He rose to note in 1531, and acted as an architect to the Reformation.

The Supplication against the Ordinaries

In 1532, he introduced the Supplication against the Ordinaries, which was a petition…

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THOMAS CRANMER
1532 Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
1533 Declares Henry's marriage to
Catherine against the law of God.
1533 Declared Anne and Henry's secret
marriage valid.
1533 Personally crowns Anne Boleyn queen.
1536 Before Anne is executed, he declares
their marriage null and void and hears
Anne's confession.…

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refused, and soon after, Elizabeth was born, who Cranmer baptized and acted as
Godparent to.

He was at the time believed to have Lutheran religious sympathies, and though this was not
confirmed, was significantly protestant. He was involved in various reforms such as the
Bishop's Book. He remained…

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Catherine of Aragon was Henry's first wife. She had previously been wed to his older
brother, but after his death, it was claimed it had not been consummated. Therefore, the
Pope overruled the scripture that prevented one marrying their brother's widow and
granted a dispensation.

With Henry, she…

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ANNE BOLEYN
1503 Pope Julius II grants dispensation for
Henry and Catherine's marriage.
1509 Henry's ascension and marriage.
1516 Henry and Catherine's daughter, Mary,
is born.
1527 Henry becomes convinced that his
marriage to Catherine is unlawful.
1527-29 Failed attempts to solve the Great
Matter through co operation…

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Anne introduced Henry to the writings of William Tyndale and Simon Fish ­ radical figures.
The subsequent release of the English Bible could be argued to be influenced by Anne.

However, Henry had divorced Catherine because he believed God could not deliver them a
son. When Anne still…

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ANNE OF CLEVES

January Henry marries Anne of Cleves, as
1540 encouraged by Thomas Cromwell.
July 1540 Henry divorces Anne of Cleves.
Anne of Cleves was Henry's fourth wife, whom
Thomas Cromwell had encouraged him to
marry. Henry, however, was dissatisfied with
the pairing (declaring upon meeting her…

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CATHERINE HOWARD

1540 Anne of Cleves marriage annulled.
1540 Three weeks later, he married
Catherine Howard.
1541 Executed for treason and adultery.
Catherine Howard was Henry VIII's fifth wife,
however, she is not widely regarded as
historically important. She allegedly carried on
affairs and was executed a year…

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