Wolsey's Rise to Power

A detailed booklet on Cardinal Wolsey's rise to pre-eminence with a range of historiography. Includes tables, timelines and pictures to make information easier to digest. :)

- Wolsey's rise to power- skill or luck?

- How did Wolsey keep power?

- Wolsey's domestic policy

- Wolsey's foreign policy

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Wolsey's Rise to Power
How Thomas Wolse
y Rose to Power
Yuliana Petriv-Shaw - DATE \@ "d MMMM y" 29 October 2014

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Wolsey's Rise to Pre-Eminence
1472- Born in Ipswich
1498- Takes Holy Orders/Ordained as a priest
1502- Made Chaplain to Archbishop Deane of Canterbury in 1502
1507- He is brought to the attention of King Henry VII and appointed as a chaplain
1509- Appointed as Dean of Lincoln and Hereford and made Royal Almoner which
automatically makes him a member of the Royal Council
1510- Appointed as Royal Councillor and Registrar to the Order of the Garter
1511- Canon of Windsor
1513- Organises Henry VIII…read more

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The Course of Wolsey's Rise
Thomas Wolsey was a churchman and an academic from Oxford who was able to rise
through the ranks of both royal and church service and become the most powerful man
in England aside from the King himself. In fact, he was named the `alter rex '-a
derogatory nickname that emphasised the great power he had- a power that was seen as
being equal to the King 's by contemporaries.…read more

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King, his extreme ambition meant that he swapped to the
pro-war faction seeing an opportunity to both gain the King 's confidence and also use
his excellent administrative skills in planning for any campaigns. This proved extremely
successful and he quickly made himself indispensable to the young King, who was intent
on war glory, with his great efficiency and organisational skills by planning expeditions
in France.…read more

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Keen, diligent, conscientious worker- was told by Lucky as he had little competition- Henry inherited
the King to take a holiday- 'to the intent that you an old, cautious council from a largely hated later
may the longer endure to serve us '. Other examples reign. Many of the key figures were of retirement
include the well planned expeditions in France and age, this gave him room to seize any opportunities.…read more

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Wolsey was not a hoarder and spent much of his money on lavish celebrations,
furnishings and displays. This emphasised his power in relation to his rivals.
He kept a princely household of some 500 servants in their silks and velvets, the
same number of servants as the King, this really gave the appearance of a powerful
individual-`alter rex'. Used his wealth to promote his `quasi-royal' status.…read more

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Wolsey was undoubtedly a ruthless individual as is evident from how he treated his
rivals but the extent to which he was ruthful is often exaggerated.
His monopoly of power for fifteen years produced attacks on his character and policies
therefore allegations of alienating noble rivals were common.
Wolsey silenced his rivals such as Buckingham, Compton and Surrey.
Rumoured to have hard a part in the execution of the Duke of Buckingham in 1521.…read more

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The Court of
Chancery and the Court of Star Chamber.
He improved the efficiency of the Star Chamber increasing the number of cases it
dealt with per year from 12 to 120.
He changed Common Law- an old system from 1066 based on court customs rather
than codified written law to a second system to the system of Civil Law- based on
natural Justice and Roman Law. Often overturned Common Law verdicts.
He was the champion for a more progressive legal system.…read more

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Tudor England suffered from serious economic problems which caused social tensions.
The depopulation increase was to blame, however Humanists did not understand this
and so they blamed the enclosure of fields.
Enclosures involved fencing off common land for sheep shearing- this was thought to be
responsible for the rural depopulation and poverty.
1517- Wolsey launched an enquiry into how effective the pervious government
legislation on restricting enclosure had been.
The investigation uncovered evidence against 264 landlords and corporations.…read more

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Wolsey never had a monopoly of power over parliament and the nobility because his
pre-eminence lasted only as long as Henry supported him.
Many historians have criticised Wolsey's attitude towards parliament.
He is accused of trying to monopolise power and eliminate the parliament altogether.
Wolsey did not prove to be adept in dealing with the parliament and it was only called
two times under him, in 1515 and in 1523.…read more


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