Wolsey's Domestic Policiies

Successes and failures of Thomas Wolsey's domestic policies.

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Justice

Successes:

- Brought greater justice
- Dealt with over 120 cases instead of about 12
- Civil Law progressive
- Impartial justice

Failures:

- Created resentment through the Star Chamber
- He used law to bring his superiors down
- The reforms didn't outlast him

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Enclosure

Successes:

- Legal actions were taken against nobles who enclosed land
- Ordered that homes should be rebuilt

Failures:

- Questions long-term practicalities
- Enclosure continued

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Finance

Successes:

- Replaced 'fifteenth's & tenth's' with a more accurate system

Failures:

- The amicable grant (1525)

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Nobles

Successes:

- Keeping the nobles who might challenge power away from court
- Sidelined the Privy council
- Kept well-informed of plots

Failures:

- His success only lasted as long as Henry saw fit.
- He was never fully in control

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Church

Successes:

- Initiated legatime visitations of the monastic house (like an Ofsted inspection!)
- Reform among religious orders were constructive and positive
- 13 new episcopal see's

Failure's:

- Ecclesiastical extravagance
- Didn't work out as well as he had planned

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