Henry Viii Essay

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Do you agree with the view that, in his years as Lord Chancellor, Wolsey strengthened Henry VIII’s control of his kingdom? I do agree with the view that Wolsey strengthened Henry VIII’s control of his kingdom because Wolsey was a key character that helped the Kingdom get control and justice and helped restore Henrys power. However at the same time, Wolsey was manipulative and harshly treated the laity which made them dislike the king. So, perhaps Wolsey did strengthen Henry’s control of his kingdom but it was limited. Source 4 strongly argues that Wolsey did strengthen Henry’s control of his kingdom during Wolseys years as Lord Chancellor. This is shown in the source as it states “I never saw this kingdom in better order, quietness and obedience than it was in the time of his authority”. This shows that George Cavendish, Wolsey’s servant, observed that during the period in which Wolsey influenced Henry, the country was quiet, obedient and in order. Quietness, obedience and order are all factors that show what that the kindom was secure and that Henry was in a string position. This supports the view that Wolsey strengthened Henry’s control of his kingdom. The provenance of the source was an account written by George Cavendish, Wolsey’s household servant. Having close proximity to his master we might expect the account to be trustworthy. However the provenance could also counter the idea that source for is reliable as the account was written after the death of Wolsey meaning that the account may have been written in a positive way to respect him and his work and not to judge him. Also, as Cavendish was close to Wolsey he may have exaggerated his strengths, and only wrote about the side he saw to Wolsey, and not his political side, which was arguably harsher. Source 6 also argues that Wolsey did strengthen Henry’s control of his kingdom. This is shown in

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