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  • Published: 30 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446475133
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 688

The King's Cardinal

The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey




The best biography ever written of Henry VIII's most powerful counsellor and one of the key figures of the Tudor period.

Proud, greedy corrupt and driven by overwhelming personal ambition. Such is the traditional image of Thomas Wolsey, Lord Chancellor, Archbishop of York, Bishop of Winchester, Abbot of St Albans, Bishop of Tournai and Papal Legate. It is an image which Peter Gywn examines, challenges and decisively overturns in this remarkable book.

From exceedingly humble beginnings Wolsey rose to a pinnacle of power unsurpassed by any other British commoner. Peter Gwyn explores every aspect of the cardinal's career not least his relationship with Henry VIII and sets if firmly in a vividly recreated Tudor world. The Wolsey who emerges is a man of prodigious energy and ability, a tireless dispenser of justice, an enlightened reformer wholly dedicated to his king and country a man who has been consistently misrepresented and malinged for four and a half centuries.

  • Pub date: 30 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446475133
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 688

About the Author

Peter J Gwyn

Peter Gwyn taught history at Winchester College, where he was also the archivist from 1965 to 1976. He was elected Bowra Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford for 1981-2. He worked on this biography of Thomas Wolsey for eleven years.


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