Domestic Policies Summary



Wolsey's Aim- Reform and make the Church appeal more to the masses

Details of the Policy- Review of monasteries, Hunne Affair- many became anti-clerical after he was found hungin prison- murder or suicide? 
Church had lots of wealth eventhough people told to give their own up. Church men had more than one job, favoured relatives, didn't go to work, embodied all that was said to be wrong
Ecclesiastical Court created to review chruches yet only met once

Success or Failure? No follow up for the vistitations, chuuch men including Wolsey still embodied what was wrong, the court only met once and did not do anything- pointless

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Nobility/ Council

Wolsey's Aim- Reduce their influence in the household, restrict their access to Henry, increase his power

Details of Policy- He purged the Privy Chamber (1519) to get rid of the number of people close to Henry- to get himself closer.
The Eltham Ordinances (1526) halfed the number of Gentlemen in the Bedchamber- from 12 to 6

Success or Failure? Achieved aims but didn't not benefit anyone but himself

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Wolsey's Aims- Made tax system fairer, raise more money for the Crown, (so to fund expeditions to France)

Details of Policy- Remove fifteenths and tenths system to be replaced by subsidies.
Wolsey hoped it would raise more than it did eventhough it did raise more than the previous system.
Amicable Grant- new tax to fund expeditions on France, didn't consult Henry- thus it was cancelled (by Henry)

Success or Failure- Problematic as some people ended up having to pay both as old system not scraped effectively.
People refused to pay AG and rebellions took place in Suffolk and East Anglia

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Wolsey's Aim- Move to Civil law, open up to everyone, fairer, accessable to majority not just nobles

Details of Policy- Star Chamber opened up to commoners, they could bring case before court and be seen by Wosley personally. 10 times more than Henry VII
Made an example of nobles who were corrupt, show peasents he was on their side

Success or Failure? Short term, worked well and cases were resolved, however longterm it lead to a backlog in cases and people getting annoyed. 
His attack on nobles, was it fairness or was it personal?

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Wolsey's Aim- Wanted to ensure it was being done fairly and not just for the nobles benefit. Ensure that peasents get land too

Details of the Policy- Lauched enquiry in 1517, finding enclosure unfair, took cases to court, land shared out fairly.
1523- had to stop enquiry as backlog of cases, so many cases unsolved, enclosure still unfair

Success or Failure? Short-term- good, people got their cases resolved and got land back
Long-term- bad, backlog of cases formed and cases were left unsolved

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