Cardinal Wolsey By Mandell Creighton Cardinal Wolsey He was probably the greatest political genius whom England has ever produced Further he was a political artist Wolsey graduated from Oxford University aged fifteen survived being sent to the stocks
Cardinal Wolsey By Mandell Creighton He was probably the greatest political genius whom England has ever produced Further, he was a political artist Wolsey graduated from Oxford University aged fifteen, survived being sent to the stocks and became chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury He moved on to serve Henry VII in a diplomatic capacity, where he became accustomed to people breaking promises He was probably the greatest political genius whom England has ever produced Further, he was a political artist Wolsey graduated from Oxford University aged fifteen, survived being sent to the stocks and became chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury He moved on to serve Henry VII in a diplomatic capacity, where he became accustomed to people breaking promises and changing their minds on Henry VII s death he became almoner to the new king, charged with mediating the affairs of Europe which were in constant flux and representing the monarch on behalf of the people At a time of great change in England, at a time when Henry threatened to and then did break with Rome, Wolsey was the one tasked to deliver what was necessary for the nation through his statesmanship and patriotism He believed royal power, not the church or Parliament, would hold England together and worked to that end Wolsey wanted to install peace in Europe under the guarantee of England When that did not work, he set about allying England with other nations, including France, Italy and the Netherlands He had ambitions to become Pope and wished to make England govern over the papal church Though he sometimes met objections, he never wavered from his purpose At home he built Cardinal College, Oxford, which was renamed Christchurch, and supervised the dissolution of the monasteries In the mid 1520s Henry had moved away from Wolsey s confidence He treated him as a servant rather than a friend The king actively pursued divorce from his first wife and, also, war with France in spite of Wolsey s belief in neutrality and peace worse, Wolsey bore the brunt of popular dissent and remained extremely devoted to the proud Henry even as his dream of a united Europe vanished through forces he was unable to control He was hardly mourned at the end of his life, and hated by everyone as a tyrant, upstart or reformer Yet five centuries removed from his negotiations and machinations, Wolsey is still held as an example for diplomacy in foreign affairs Cardinal Wolsey by Mandell Creighton is perfect for anyone who wishes to understand the political scene in the years preceding Hillary Mantel s Wolf Hall Mandell Creighton 1843 1901 was a scholar who gained degrees from Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Glasgow and Harvard universities He held a chair in Ecclesiastical History at Cambridge University and edited the English Historical Review He wrote a well received History of Rome and a history of the Papacy during the Reformation Albion Press is an imprint of Endeavour Press, the UK s leading independent digital publisher For information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at endeavourpress Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks Follow us on Twitter EndeavourPress and on Facebook via on.fb 1HweQV7 We are always interested in hearing from our readers Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.
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