Sarah Barker Wolsey’s Fall
Thomas Wolsey fell from his extreme height of power in 1529, but how? Wolsey had famously grown from a butchers son to one of the most powerful people in England at that time so what brought him to be accused of treason. Henry VIII trusted Wolsey as his right hand man for a long time and it has been argued that he saw him as his personal trust worthy servant but there have also been different opinions stating that Wolsey was the one who was manipulating the King to get what he wanted as he had an extreme amount of power, some argue even more than the King. "Wolsey was destroyed because he had become a liability in the eyes of the king and was expendable. This has fundamental implications for reassessing his relationship with Henry." (John Guy). When Wolsey wasn’t able to get a divorce for King Henry and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, he become angry and disappointed with him as he had not been able to do what he requested, even though Wolsey did offer a different solution to the problem Henry refused to listen and demanded that he was to get it done his way. As Wolsey wasn’t able to give the king what he demanded and was unable to change his mind on how to address the subject, he lost a lot of Henrys respect and trust. Peter Gwynn argues that Wolsey’s disappointing the king was the main reason that he fell as he states ‘the real architect of Wolsey’s fall is Henry himself: outraged at his Cardinals failure to secure an annulment of the Aragon marriage he brought his servant down in a fit of pique.’ The Kind had always blamed Wolsey for the failure to be able to get a divorce and so he had something against him, it is easy therefore to believe that it was in fact Henry VIII who made Wolsey plummet from his statue of power to having almost nothing. There were also other factures in Wolsey’s life that should be considered, such as the fact that Anne Boleyn has...
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