Cardinal Wolsey

Mandell Creighton (1843 - 1901)

Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (1473-1530) will always be remembered as the Lord Chancellor who fell from power when he failed to obtain the annulment of King Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The eminent British historian, Mandell Creighton, writes that Wolsey was branded by Tudor historians as "the minion of the Pope, and the upholder of a foreign despotism." But the publication in the nineteenth century of the mass of documents relating to the reign of Henry VIII made possible a truer assessment of the visionary schemes of the great cardinal and of his underlying patriotism. In his patient diplomacy and careful construction of alliances, the author concludes that "at a great crisis of European history he impressed England with a sense of her own importance and secured for her a leading position in European affairs." - Summary by Pamela Nagami

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Ch. 1: The State of Europe, 1494-1512 Pamela Nagami
Play 02 Ch. 2: The French Alliance, 1512-1515 Pamela Nagami
Play 03 Ch. 3: The Universal Peace, 1515-1518 Pamela Nagami
Play 04 Ch. 4: The Field of the Cloth of Gold, 1518-1520 Pamela Nagami
Play 05 Ch. 5: The Conference of Calais, 1520-1521 Pamela Nagami
Play 06 Ch. 6: The Imperial Alliance, 1521-1523 Pamela Nagami
Play 07 Ch. 7: Renewal of Peace, 1523-1527 Pamela Nagami
Play 08 Ch. 8: Wolsey's Domestic Policy, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
Play 09 Ch. 8: Wolsey's Domestic Policy, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
Play 10 Ch. 9: The King's Divorce, 1527-1529, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
Play 11 Ch. 9: The King's Divorce, 1527-1529, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
Play 12 Ch. 10: The Fall of Wolsey, 1529-1530, Pt. 1 Pamela Nagami
Play 13 Ch. 10: The Fall of Wolsey, 1529-1530, Pt. 2 Pamela Nagami
Play 14 Ch. 11: The Work of Wolsey Pamela Nagami