-Wolsey was depicted as an 'alter rex' or 'second king'
-Wolsey enjoyed a greater freedom than his successor, Cromwell. This could be because a young Henry intervened less than afterwards. The turning point with intervention was Henry's divorce
-His household marks an attempt to rival henry e.g. Hampton Court
-Thomas Cromwell and Thomas More were royal servants of the King and required less wealth than Wolsey
-Wolsey had a stong relationship with France and was able to negotiate peace
-According to Wolsey's biographer George Cavendish he had 'a special gift or natural eloquence' and has ministerial powers
-Wolsey interfered constantly in affairs of the nobility, leading gentry and citizens of London
-He became a cardinal in 1515 and therefore had connections with the Pope Leo X
-Wolsey was the first to see ambassadors
-Wolsey's inauguration into Cardinal-ship had the same level of grandeur and expense as the Kings coronation.
-Wolsey passes many policies that Henry was unaware of and did not consult Counsel. He even tried to levy taxation without Parliamentary consent
-Wolsey had huge control over most positions and policies to do with Henry e.g. Eltham ordinances, finding JPs
-Wolsey Had extravagant taste, for example his Cardinal attire.
A.F. Pollard - Henry achieved a 'prime ministerial' dominance
G.R. Elton - Wolsey tried to rule as a King when he has not
- He has enormous power and manipulate his influence over the King to exclude rivals at Court.
-There was a centralisation of policies. This means that Henry gained more power in England
-Wolsey changed from anti-war to pro-war when it came to war with France. This demonstrates that he wished to gain favour and please Henry
-As King Henry had the ultimate control over any policies
-It can be argued that the only opinion that Wolsey cared about was Henry's
-It can be argues that Henry allowed Wolsey to have power because he was satisfied with Wolsey's capabilities especially in the first half of his reign.
-It has been suggested that Wolsey and Henry worked closely together. Wolsey was Henry's confident and his opinions were held in high regard (John Guy)
-Henry hated paper word and allowed Wolsey to take on the responsibility.
-Wolsey would not have achieved the position of high status he got without Henry's approval. As a servant he could fall from Grace, which he did in spectacular fashion in 1529
-Wolsey was charged with treason in 1530. his ultimate fall from Grace
S.J. Gunn - Wolsey was determined to enforce the Kings laws
Eric Ives- 'Wolsey never owned the policy, for it was always the Kings policy'