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…

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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…

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astute and his perception and flexibility allowed him to change his previous anti-war
ideology to the views of the 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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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head of the legal system and responsible for the legal work of both 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…

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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…

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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…


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