Henry VIII: Government - Rise of Wolsey Flashcards

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Factors in Wolsey’s rise to power

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Luck

Skill

Patronage

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Luck

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  • Right place at the right time
  • Henry grew tired of his fathers men (Empson and Dudley)
  • Henry was on the lookout for someone to carry out the mundane tasks that disinterested him.
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Skill

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  • Wolsey was an opportunist, he adapted his ideas to fit the kings
  • Skilful manipulator - asked for what he wanted in a way that couldn’t be refused
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Patronage

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  • Following the French war of 1513, Wolsey was awarded Bishoprics of Lincoln and Tournai
  • Lord Chancellor (1515)
  • Cardinal (1515) and Papal Legate (1518)
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Why was Wolsey lucky when it came to finding a place in Henry’s court

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Henry disliked the mundane aspects of government, and Wolsey recognised this.

Wolsey was the Chief Almoner, Charity giver, and his organisational skills pleased Henry

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Evidence of Wolsey’s opportunist attitude

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Wolsey was initially against the French war - however, upon seeing Henry’s enthusiasm this changed and he threw himself into the organisation.

Wolsey offered Henry troops and this pleased Henry as it allowed Henry to carry out his foreign policy wishes

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When was Wolsey appointed Lord Chancellor

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1515

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When was Wolsey appointed Papal Legate

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1518

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When was Wolsey appointed Cardinal

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1515

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Why was Wolsey’s appointment as Lord Chancellor significant

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It was the top political position within government

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What did the position and Lord Chancellor involve

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Wolsey was responsible for everyday administration and management of the King’s finances

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Why was Wolsey’s position as Papal Legate significant

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Wolsey became the Pope’s representative in England, the highest Ranking Churchman

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What did Wolsey’s position as Papal Legate mean

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Wolsey was able to appoint clerical offices and control the patronage of the Church

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