How Far Was Wolsey Fall from Power Due to Foreign Policy

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Factors suggesting that enemies at Court were important might include: • an understanding of the role of Anne Boleyn and of Norfolk who had made it a matter of personal ambition to be rid of Wolsey • Wolsey had made many enemies whilst in office. Serving the King, and especially increasing his revenue had stirred a bitterness that only waited for an outlet • jealousy may have been a factor. Wolsey had dominated preferment and favour, not only as the distributor but also as the recipient. Hampton Court was the physical reminder of this • many at court opposed Wolsey’s foreign policy reversal – indeed this was key. By 1529 England was diplomatically isolated and this might be considered a consequence of Wolsey’s advances to the French • the increasingly central position of Norfolk, Suffolk and Rochford at Court was recognised even by Wolsey in the Eltham Ordinances. It was the King himself who ordered Wolsey to appoint more counsellors • Failure of the Amicable Grant. Factors suggesting other factors were important might include: • Henry VIII had increasingly separated himself from Wolsey. Yet the Eltham Ordinances were used to Wolsey’s advantage in effectively reducing the number of courtiers around the monarch • failure to secure the annulment of the King’s marriage was a significant factor for it angered the King. On a simplistic level, Wolsey was protected only as long as he proved to be useful • opposition to Wolsey’s foreign policy came from a range of sources, for example the Church. By 1529 it was clear that Henry VIII was the protector of Wolsey from an array of enemies. Once his protector had gone, so had his
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