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WOLSEY

1st Edition

By Glenn Richardson

Routledge

344 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Description

Through a thematic and broadly chronological approach, Wolsey offers a fascinating insight into the life and legacy of a man who was responsible for building Henry VIII’s reputation as England’s most impressive king.

The book reviews Thomas Wolsey’s record as the realm’s leading Churchman, Lord Chancellor and political patron and thereby demonstrates how and why Wolsey became central to Henry’s government for 20 years. By analysing Wolsey’s role in key events such as the Field of Cloth of Gold, the study highlights how significant Wolsey was in directing and conducting England’s foreign relations as the king’s most trusted advisor. Based on up-to-date research, Richardson not only newly appraises the circumstances of Wolsey’s fall but also challenges accusations of treason made against him. This study provides a new appreciation of Wolsey’s importance as a cultural and artistic patron, as well as a royal administrator and politician; roles which helped to bring both Henry VIII and England to the forefront of foreign relations in the early-sixteenth century.

Presenting Wolsey in his contemporary and historiographical contexts more fully than any currently available study, Wolsey is perfect for students of Tudor England.

Reviews

'A very professional, competent and workmanlike book that will be most helpful for students and that will inform general readers.'

George Bernard, University of Southampton, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction Wolsey and the Historians

1 From Ipswich to Hampton Court: Wolsey’s Rise to Power

2 Cloth of Gold: Wolsey’s ‘Universal’ Peace

3 Chief Executive: Wolsey in Council and Court

4 Cardinal Legate: Wolsey and the English Church

5 Cardinal Benefactor: Wolsey’s Cultural and Educational Patronage

6 Cardinalis Pacificus’: Wolsey’s ‘Eternal’ Peace

7 The Cardinal’s Greatest Matter: Wolsey and the Annulment

8 The turn of Fortune’s Wheel: Wolsey’s Fall

Conclusion The Cardinal’s Legacy

About the Author

Glenn Richardson is Professor of Early Modern History at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. He is the author of The Field of Cloth of Gold (2014).

About the Series

Routledge Historical Biographies

Routledge Historical Biographies are concise, accessible introductions to key historical figures. Written by experts in their fields they are designed to help students either starting out on a course, or revising before exams. Far from being dry, academic texts however, they are also perfect, affordable books for the history buff.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS037090
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
REL033000
RELIGION / History