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The King’s Cardinal? Wolsey and Henry VIII Lecture

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The King’s Cardinal? Wolsey and Henry VIII Lecture

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The Department of Humanities at St Mary’s University is proud to present a series of lectures showcasing historical research and scholarship. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The relationship between Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey has fascinated historians for generations. Wolsey was a pivotal figure in the early part of Henry’s reign. He served as King’s Almoner when Henry took the throne in 1509. He rose to Archbishop of York, Cardinal, and then in 1515 Lord Chancellor, exercising immense influence over royal policy in the process. Yet in 1529, after failing to secure the annulment of Henry’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Wolsey fell abruptly from grace. Wolsey was stripped of his position, accused of treason, and died in 1530.

Professor Glenn Richardson, the author of Renaissance Monarchy (Bloomsbury) and The Field of the Cloth of Gold (Yale) will discuss this relationship in the light of research carried out for his forthcoming biography on Wolsey.

Other events in the series: 

  • Prof John Charmley Churchill and the Myths of Brexit - Thursday 25th October, 6:15pm
  • Dr Sinead McEneaney, Dr Mark Donnelly, Dr Richard Mills, ‘Rethinking the Global 1960s: A Roundtable Discussion’ - Thursday 6th December 2018, 6:15 pm 


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